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Martin Luther King, Jr. in Delhi, India

Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo Email Compiled by Sindya N. Bhanoo
February 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. in Delhi, India


Snapshots from Indian-American history
this month, that year


February 10, 1959
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, arrive in Delhi. 

The trip was a pilgrimage for King who was greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. During his visit King met with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, President Rajendra Prasad along with other officials and social reformers. “It was wonderful to be in Gandhi’s land,” he wrote a few months after his visit. “I left India more convinced than ever before that nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.”


Sindya N. Bhanoo writes the Observatory column in the Science section of The New York Times. She is also a board member of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). This column’s material is from SAADA. https://www.saada.org/.

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