Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Gandhi figurine unveiled – in recognition of India’s contribution to development

By Linda Straker

THE Grenada Government in collaboration with the Government of India unveiled a “bust” statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the grounds of a secondary school overlooking the area where Indian descendants arrived more than 100 years ago.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948), well known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
The Mahatma Gandhi bust put on display.
“Gandhi’s life is an example to us all and his legacy, a positive influence to all Grenadians, especially the youth in these times of increasing violence,” Prime Minister Tillman Thomas said at the unveiling of the bust.

“The figurine is that we remember all who contributed to this island in one way or another. He is a hero in India and recognised by Indians all over the world, so this is our respect to him,” he added.

Among the many dignitaries at the ceremony were Malay Mishra, India’s High Commissioner to Grenada and members of the Indo-Grenadian Heritage Foundation.

Less than five per cent of the island’s population is Indian. India, through bilateral arrangements, has continuously contributed to the development of the country. Its most recent contribution was establishing a ICT centre from a EC$2 million grant.

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