HOUSTON, May 9 – A life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be installed in Thomas Jefferson Park in Irving, US state of Texas. The 7-foot tall and 30-inch wide statue was cast in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
It will stand atop a 6-foot high pedestal and have a granite wall as a backdrop inscribed with Gandhi’s memorable words and quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein and current US President Barack Obama, among others.
“There is no reason we cannot have peace and love with everyone, and one thing he (Gandhi) always said was if we wanted to truly have peace and love, we would have to start with children,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
“By putting this statue in this park, we are starting out with children, reminding them who he was, reminding them what he was about, and reminding them of the celebration he wanted his life to live on.”
The ground breaking ceremony for the statue or ‘Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza’ was held in the park last week, which saw the attendance of Irving city mayor Beth Van Duyne, India’s consular general in Houston, Parvathaneni Harish, Haley and over 500 guests.
Prasad Thotakura, chair of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial of North Texas, said a total of US$250,000 has been raised for the US$700,000-project. “This statue is not just an Indian-American project but a global one,” he The grand opening of the status is on October 2 with family members of Mahatma Gandhi and the late Nelson Mandela expected to attend.