Britain plans Gandhi statue in famed London square

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 4:34 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced plans for a statue of India's pacifist freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi to be placed in London's Parliament Square.

The Gandhi statue would join 10 others depicting famous British and foreign statesmen, including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.

The square's lawn is also a site for demonstrations and protests next to the country's Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Hague said during a visit to New Delhi on Tuesday that "Gandhi remains a towering inspiration and a source of strength."

Gandhi helped lead India's campaign of civil disobedience to British colonial rule until India and Pakistan gained independence in 1947. Gandhi was assassinated months later, however, by a radical Hindu nationalist who objected to Gandhi's secular vision for India.

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