Mahatma Gandhi statue at Parliament Square gets UK planning clearance

Plans to erect a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square here have received an official clearance.

By: Press Trust of India | London | Published:November 5, 2014 11:53 pm
Plans to erect a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square here have received an official clearance. Plans to erect a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square here have received an official clearance.

Plans to erect a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square here have received an official clearance.

Westminster City Council granted planning permission for the sculpture commemorating the Father of the Nation, which will be placed close to the statue of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary.

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and UK Cabinet ministers William Hague and George Osborne had announced plans for the memorial during their recent visits to India.

The bronze sculpture, to be created by Philip Jackson, will show Gandhi wearing a shawl and traditional ‘dhoti’, with his hands clasped, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

Inspired by photographs of Gandhi on the steps of 10 Downing Street during a visit to London in 1931, the statue portrays him as “a thoughtful, determined, compassionate man”, according to the documents submitted to the council.

“There is no doubt that Gandhi is a world-renowned figure who should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln, who both fought for civil liberties,” said Richard Beddoe, Westminster City Council’s deputy cabinet member for the built environment.

“Parliament Square has a long history of peaceful protest and democracy in action.

“As such, it is a more than suitable location for a statue to Mahatma Gandhi, and we are also pleased to see one of the best international sculptors in Philip Jackson on board to help deliver this project,” he said.

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    Alexander Pandyan
    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:59 am
    Nelson Mandela got his inspiration from Mahatma hi, but the latter's statue is coming up only now. Nelson Mandela's success was due to his reading the Bhagavad Gita. Why not install Sri Krishna's statue also?
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    RK Handa
    Nov 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    It is highly admirable that a statue of Mahatama hi will be erected in Parliament Square in London.Official clearance has been given for erection of statue by competent authorities.This shows the respect hi Ji gets in UK.The statue will be erected next to that of Nelson Mandela.Britishers have a long history of according respect to Mahatma hi on several occasions starting from the day when he had first visited London to partite in Round Table Conferencd.
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    RK Handa
    Nov 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    It is highly admirable that a statue of Mahatama hi will be erected in Parliament Square in London.Official clearance has been given for erection of statue by competent authorities.This shows the respect hi Ji gets in UK.The statue will be erected next to that of Nelson Mandela.Britishers have a long history of according respect to Mahatma hi on several occasions starting from the day when he had first visited London to partite in Round Table Conferencd.
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    RK Handa
    Nov 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    Mahatama hi commands a great respect of British citizens educational insutions in Londom elocution contests and seminars are organised on October 2... hi ji's famous book' My Experments with Truth is highly por among Londoners.
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    RK Handa
    Nov 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    Mahatama hi commands a great respect of British citizens educational insutions in Londom elocution contests and seminars are organised on October 2... hi ji's famous book' My Experments with Truth is highly por among Londoners.
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    SS
    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    Deeply regrettable. The process of unmaking of Great Britain continues unabated. Soon there would be nothing British left in Great Britain.
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    SS
    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    Deeply regrettable. The process of unmaking of Great Britain continues unabated. Soon there would be nothing British left in Great Britain.
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    harry
    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:57 am
    London had also put a statue of Tagore outside University of London. Prince Charles was the guest of honour.
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