“Wars have not been confined to any continent or country. Nor can peace be any nation’s patent,” said former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
He said that Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were not only contemporary, but were also ahead of their times, while delivering The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Lecture 2013 organised by the Indo American Association, at Women’s Christian College on Monday.
“If King learnt from Gandhi, the ideological descendants of Gandhi can and must learn from King and, through King, once again from Gandhi. For both belong to the world’s oppressed in their nonviolent resistance against unjust laws and non-implementation of good laws and against corruption,” he said.
There was a need to study Martin Luther King’s life-work, Mr. Gandhi added.
“There is such a thing, in a country where girls are married off before the age of consent, as rape within marriage. To adjust to that, as we have been doing for centuries, is to abet crime,” Mr. Gandhi said.
The Indo-American Association in association with the United States Information Service began the annual programme of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lectures in January 1981.