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  • INTERNATIONALWORLD

    Published:March14,201516:06IST|Updated:March15,201503:01ISTLondon,March14,2015

    JaitleyunveilsGandhistatueinLondonPARVATHIMENON

    AnewstatueofMahatmaGandhibyBritishsculptorPhilipJacksonisunveiledbyFinanceMinisterArunJaitley.AlsoseenareBollywoodactorAmitabhBachchan,BritishPrimeMinisterDavidCameronandGandhi'sgrandsonGopalkrishnaGandhi,inParliamentSquare,Londonon,Saturday,March14,2015.

    SpecialArrangementThebronzestatueofMahatmaGandhithatwasunveiledattheParliamentSquareinLondon,UK.

    Hewasamanofthepeople,saysPhillipJackson,thesculptor

    OnasunnybutcoldLondonmorninginParliamentSquare,UnionFinanceMinisterArunJaitleyunveiledthelongawaitedstatueofMahatmaGandhionSaturday.Hewasaccompaniedonaspeciallyerectedstage,surroundedbyBritishandIndianflagsbyBritishPrimeMinisterDavidCameron,GandhisgrandsonGopalkrishnaGandhi,BritishCultureMinisterSajidJavid,AmitabhBachchan,andLordandLadyDesai,foundingtrusteesoftheGandhiStatueMemorialTrust.

    TheninefootbronzestatueofGandhiwascreatedbyPhillipJackson,arenownedBritishsculptor,andwillstandinthecompanyofNelsonMandela,WinstonChurchill,andAbrahamLincoln,amongothers.

    Theaudience,whichincludedinvitedguests,aswellasmembersofthepublic,brokeintoapplauseasthestatuewasunveiled.ItwasGandhimorethananyoneelsewhoembodiesthedeepandenduringconnectionsbetweentheworldsoldestdemocracyandtheworldslargest,saidMr.Jaitleyinhisaddress.DrawingtheconnectionsbetweenIndiaandBritain,countriesbothfreedfromtheshacklesofcolonialism,Mr.JaitleypaidtributetoBritainwhichhadrisenabovethecolonialpasttorecogniseGandhiscontributions,choosingtoplacehimonthesamesquareasChurchillwhohadoncedescribedhimasaseditious,halfnakedfakir.

    Mr.CameronrecalledthemultifacetedlegacyforBritainofGandhi,themanwhoturnedthepoliticallyunimaginableintothepolitically

  • inevitable.HesaidthatinputtingGandhiinthefamoussquarewearegivinghimaneternalhomeinourcountry.

    AmitabhBachchanreadaselectionfromGandhiswritingsonworldpeace.

    ItwasGopalkrishnaGandhiseloquentandmovingwordsthatdrewthegreatestappreciationfromtheaudience.WeneedhiminIndiamoretodaythanweeverhave,hesaid.HespokeofGandhislastfastagainstthepartitionofacountrywherehehopedMuslimsandHinduscouldlivetogether,andforwhichhewasassassinated.Ironically,GandhihadhelpedbringaboutthefreedomthatnowenabledpeopleinIndiatocontemplatebuildingatempletohisassassin(inreferencetotheproposedtempletoNathuramGodsetobebuiltinIndia).

    Thesculptor,Mr.Jackson,spokeofthequalitiesofGandhithathehadhopedtorepresentinthestatueasasimple,thoughtfulandcompassionateman.Thestatuehadintentionallybeenkeptonalowerplinththanmostontherestofthesquare,hesaid,tomakeitaccessibletoall.Hewasamanofthepeople.

    Printableversion|Apr22,20154:40:51PM|http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/gandhistatueunveiledatbritainsparliamentsquare/article6993740.ece

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