A statue has been unveiled of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square on 14th March 2015.
The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust raised more than £1m for the work which was described as a “magnificent tribute”. The statue was unveiled by Indian finance minister, Shri Arun Jaitely along with Shri Amitabh Bacchan, in a ceremony which also involved Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Mahatama Gandhi ji was known for his use of non-violent protest and undertook various hunger strikes to protest against the oppression of India’s poorest classes.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This statue is a magnificent tribute to one of the most towering figures in the history of world politics and by putting Mahatma Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country.”
Key Points To Remember
- The unveiling of statue was done on 14th March 2015.
- The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust raised more than £1 million for the work.
- It marks the 100th year since Mahatama Gandhiji returned from South Africa to India to begin his struggle for independence.
- Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely unveiled the statue.
- British Sculptor, Philip Jackson is the creator of the statue whose previous pieces are of Queen Mother and Bomber Command.
- The statue’s height is 9 ft (2.7 m).
- Metal: Bronze