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article imageGandhi statue unveiled near Churchill's at British Parliament

By Sravanth Verma     Mar 15, 2015 in World
London - A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled near the British parliament in London, by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in the presence of UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
The 9-feet-high (2.75m) bronze sculpture joins those of former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln and South African leader Nelson Mandela. The statue makes Gandhi the first Indian, and the only person who has never been in public office, to have a statue dedicated to him in the square.
Gandhi's statue also stands near the Prime Minister of the UK during World War II, Winston Churchill, who once described Gandhi as "that half-naked fakir." The statues in London's parliament square are close to Big Ben and the House of Commons.
Cameron and Jaitley were joined on Saturday by Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, and Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan. Cameron described Gandhi as “one of the most towering figures in political history. By putting Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country. This statue celebrates the incredibly special friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and its largest, as well as the universal power of Gandhi’s message.”
The making of the statue was first announced in July last year by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Sajid Javid, the Culture Secretary, during a visit to the Gandhi Memorial in New Delhi. Osborne explained why Gandhi was chosen for the honor, "As the father of the largest democracy in the world, it's time for Gandhi to take his place in front of the mother of parliaments. He is a figure of inspiration, not just in Britain and India, but around the world. New Indian Prime minister Modi invoked his memory in his inaugural speech to parliament."
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