Mahatma Gandhi gets London statue near nemesis Churchill | Reuters

Britain will unveil a statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday in London’s prestigious Parliament Square, a space packed with monuments to men who defended the British Empire which Gandhi helped destroy.

In an ironic twist, Gandhi’s likeness will sit close to that of Britain’s former wartime leader Winston Churchill, a man who strained to thwart Indian independence and who despised Gandhi and everything he stood for.

Churchill famously called Gandhi “a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice-regal palace.”

But almost seven decades after India won independence from Britain in 1947, in large part thanks to Gandhi’s peaceful civil disobedience campaign, relations between the two countries are strong with both nations keen to boost economic ties.

via Mahatma Gandhi gets London statue near nemesis Churchill | Reuters.

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2 Comments to “Mahatma Gandhi gets London statue near nemesis Churchill | Reuters”

  1. Mahatma Gandhi gets London statue near nemesis Churchill.

    Yes, today the statue of the father of Indian democracy has taken the rightful place in the heart of the mother of Parliaments. Its a great day for all those who believe in Gandhi’s ideals.

    It is also a great day for India and Indians.

    I suggest Sajid Javid MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) views in today’s Telegraph Newspaper–The humble Gandhi still has a powerful message for the world, is a good read as it provides important information on unveiling of the statue.

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