Mahatma Gandhi’s London statue: 10 interesting facts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in UK. Twitter: @MEAIndia 0

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke in the Royal Gallery of the British Parliament. During his speech, Modi spoke about the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in UK. Twitter: @MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in UK. Twitter: @MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke in the Royal Gallery of the British Parliament. During his speech, Modi spoke about the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square.

“I was asked on one of my tours abroad. Why does a statue of Mahatma Gandhi stand outside the British Parliament? I said the British are wise enough to recognise his greatness. Indians are generous enough to share him. We are both fortunate enough to have been touched by his life and mission,” said Modi.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the statue that Modi paid homage to.

  1. The Mahatma’s statue stands next to the statue of Britain’s WWII prime minister Winston Churchill, who had once famously ridiculed the Indian leader.
  2. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi is the first of any Indian at Parliament Square, and also the first of a person who has never held a public office in Britain.
  3. The entire cost of the project was more than £1 million which was donated to the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust.
  4. The statue is 9 ft tall and is made of bronze.
  5. It is placed lower than the other statues in the square.
  6. It is designed by Scottish sculptor Philip Jackson, who also is the royal sculptor to Queen Elizabeth II.
  7. Gandhi is shown in a traditional dhoti and a shawl with his hands clasped.
  8. The statue is said to be inspired by his photographs taken outside the British Prime Minister’s office on 10 Downing Street in 1931.
  9. It was unveiled on March 14, 2015, to mark the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.
  10. Statues of former US President Abraham Lincoln and former South African President Nelson Mandela are also there at Parliament Square.

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