An Indian-American Congressman, Mr. Raja Krishnamoorthi has introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives recognizing the spiritual, religious and historical significance of the festival of lights, Diwali to millions of Indian-Americans. "I'm proud to introduce this resolution recognising Diwali's religious and historical significance for millions of Indian-Americans…for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains in the United States and across the world, Diwali represents a time for giving thanks, and celebrating the triumph of light over darkness as well as good over evil”, says the Indian-American Congressman.
The resolution also has the backing of five other lawmakers. Co-sponsored by Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Tulsi Gabbard, Ami Bera and Joe Crowley, while Bera, Jayapal, and Khanna are Indian-American lawmakers, Gabbard is the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress and Crowley is a top Democratic Congressman. The resolution is presently been sent to the House Foreign Relations Committee for necessary action.
The resolution has also expressed its "deepest respect" for the Indian-Americans and the Indian Diaspora across the globe. It also acknowledges and supports the relationship of collaboration and respect between the US and India, and recognises and appreciates the religious diversity in both the countries and throughout the world. Interestingly, several members of the Congress has celebrated Diwali in the US Capitol for the first time.