WASHINGTON: The Howard College, a prestigious black analysis varsity within the American capital, has performed an vital function in constructing bonds between India and the US, the Secretary of State Tony Blinken has mentioned.

A day after the India-US 2+2 ministerial, Blinken together with Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar appeared on the sprawling campus of the college on Tuesday to speak about deepen the tutorial ties between India and the US.

Notably, Vice President Kamala Harris studied right here.


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“As I’ve come to be taught and as we heard a little bit bit about, all through its historical past, this establishment has performed an vital function in constructing bonds between our nations,” Blinken mentioned in his interplay with the scholars of this college.

“Glad to hitch @ECA_AS Satterfield and my good friend @DrSJaishankar at @HowardU in the present day to debate our joint effort on schooling and ability improvement with Indian and American college students and educators. These deep people-to-people ties are central to the robust hyperlink between our nations,” Blinken tweeted on Wednesday.

Responding to this, Jaishankar mentioned that he was happy to take part within the dialog with Blinken.

“Happy to take part on this dialog with my good friend @SecBlinken. The Working Group on Education and Talent Improvement will additional improve alternatives for #IndiaUS cooperation,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Bringing to the fore, a number of the little-known details have been instructed to the scholars that method again in 1935, the then dean Howard Thurman led a four-member delegation on what was a month-long pilgrimage to India.

“He was looking for classes from the nation’s independence motion that is likely to be related to the racial justice motion in the US. Close to the tip of the journey, Thurman met with Mahatma Gandhi. They talked, the books file, for about three hours, masking a variety of points; segregation, religion, nonviolent resistance,” he mentioned.

The dialog and the journey made an enduring impression on Thurman, mentioned the highest American diplomat.

“So, when he got here again to Howard, he developed his interpretation of nonviolence not as a political tactic, however as a religious life-style. He shared his views with sermons, speeches, and finally what got here to be an extremely influential e-book, Jesus and the Disinherited,” he mentioned.

“So, Gandhi’s views and Thurman’s interpretation of these views of nonviolence, after all, would affect one of many best figures in our nation’s journey, Martin Luther King Jr. As he travelled the nation laying naked the sins of segregation, Dr. King carried two books with him. One was the Bible, the opposite Jesus and the Disinherited,” he mentioned.

“These connections and so many others throughout our shared historical past clarify that our individuals do share a particular bond and that, because the world’s oldest and largest democracies, our nations at all times have one thing to be taught from one another,” Blinken mentioned.

“That is why we see our cultural and academic ties proceed to develop each single yr,” he mentioned. “We’re extremely lucky in the US to have 200,000 Indians finding out at our universities, enriching our campuses, enriching our fellow residents,” he added.

After the two+2, the 2 nations introduced a working group on schooling and ability coaching, which is able to carry educational establishments in the US and India collectively to develop new joint analysis packages, he mentioned.

“The group may also deal with creating extra alternatives for universities to accomplice on change packages that Assistant Secretary Satterfield runs in order that finally extra of our individuals can be taught alongside one another,” he mentioned.

Welcoming Jaishankar and Blinken on the historic Founders Library, Dr. Anthony Wutoh, provost and chief educational officer of Howard College mentioned that the library is the house of the college’s museum and Moorland-Spingarn Analysis Middle, one of many world’s largest repositories devoted to the historical past and tradition of individuals of African descent.

“Additionally it is dwelling to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi the federal government of India gave to Dr. Martin Luther King when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The King household donated it to Howard College upon his dying,” he mentioned.

“It’s becoming that Howard is the setting by which to rejoice the tutorial and cultural exchanges that undergird the robust bilateral relationship between India and the US of America,” he mentioned.

“Indian and Indian American college students and school have known as Howard alma mater because the flip of the final century, together with maybe our most celebrated Indian-American alumna, Vice President Kamala Harris,” Wutoh mentioned including that this yr, JSS Academy of Greater Education and Analysis and Howard College celebrated the tenth anniversary of their partnership. PTI LKJ

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