New Delhi March 13: The Bronze statue of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in London’s Parliament Square on Saturday. The ceremony will feature live music and personal reflections from Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, and former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
According to the United Kingdom’s press release, the doors to the event area will open at 09:15 and the event will take place between 10:00-11:00, during which time the public will be able to view the bronze statue in place at Parliament Square.
Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced last month that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the inspiration for the non-violent civil rights movement, will be unveiled in London’s Parliament Square on 14 March.
The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust unveiling the most amazing news which has surpassed the £1 million mark in donations for the statue was also revealed by UK government in official statement.
While citing about the Father of the Nation, UK Prime Minister said, Mahatma Gandhi is an inspirational to everyone, his approach of non-violence will resonate forever as a positive legacy – not just for the UK and India, but the world over.
Further adding Cameroon said, he was a man of great insight and many of his observations remain as fresh and relevant today as when he first made them - that we should be the change we wish to see in the world is timeless advice, well worth following.
The statue in Parliament Square not only marks his huge importance in the history of both our countries, but will enrich the firm bond of friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and its largest, he added
Cameroon further speaking on UK, India ties he opined, that our ties with India have remained close throughout history and continue to go from strength to strength – through mutual respect as equals, through cooperation, trade, and of course through the one-and-a-half million Indian diaspora living in Britain today who bring our two nations closer, to the benefit of both.
The statue of the Father of the nation will be the 11th Statue to be erected there in Parliament Square standing alongside with world leaders like Britan’s war-time PM Winston Churchill and South African leader Nelson Mandela.