Statue of Mahatma Gandhi unveiled in London

British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan were present at a ceremony to unveil the historic 9-foot bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, at Parliament Square in London. The statue stands adjacent to Britain’s war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill and anti apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Chants of Gandhi’s favourite bhajan “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” were sung as the statue was unveiled.

Minister Jaitley, invited to the UK especially for the unveiling, said the statue was a tribute to the British sense of civility that they now chose to honour someone who was conventionally regarded as their adversary, calling it a great tribute to British liberalism and British democracy.

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