Gandhi Statue To Be Erected In Parliament Square
Tuesday 8th July 2014A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected in Parliament Square.
Chancellor George Osborne and Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the plans on a trade visit to New Delhi, where they visited Gandhi Smriti, a memorial on the site of his assassination.
The cabinet ministers said the tribute to the civil rights leader, who studied in London, will be a mark of his continuing legacy inspiring non-violent movements around the world.
Mr Osborne said: "As the father of the largest democracy in the world, it's time for Gandhi to take his place in front of the mother of parliaments. He is a figure of inspiration, not just in Britain and India, but around the world. New Indian prime minister Modi invoked his memory in his inaugural speech to parliament.
"I hope this new memorial will be a lasting and fitting tribute to his memory in Britain, and a permanent monument to our friendship with India."
The statue will be in Parliament Square alongside stand alongside Nelson Mandela, Sir Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln.
London already has one Gandhi statue in Tavistock Square near King's Cross, which was installed in 1968.
Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: "Delighted at news of plans to erect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square - fitting tribute to father of Indian democracy."