DC -- Dupont Circle -- Mohandas Gandhi statue (2100 Q St NW):
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Description of Pictures: The Gandhi statue was under wraps after being hit with graffiti and then cleaned up again.
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GANDHI_200629_01.JPG: The Gandhi statue is under wraps.
GANDHI_200718_10.JPG: A gift from the People of India
The Indian-American Community
GANDHI_200718_14.JPG: Gandhi led India to freedom from British rule in 1947.
He is hailed as the father of the nation.
Crusader for human rights and liberty, thinker, writer
reformer, apostle of truth and non-violence (ahimsa),
Gandhi succeeded in uniting millions of people of all faiths
across India in a mass movement of civil disobedience.
On Gandhi's seventieth birthday, Albert Einstein wrote,
"Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one
as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth".
GANDHI_200718_20.JPG: Gautam Pal 3/7/99
Wikipedia Description: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
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The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial is a public statue of Mahatma Gandhi, installed on a triangular island along Massachusetts Avenue, in front of the Embassy of India, Washington, D.C., in the United States. A gift from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, it was dedicated on September 16, 2000 during a state visit of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the presence of US President Bill Clinton.
Sparked to action in the wake of the 50th anniversary of Indian independence in 1947, the US Congress passed a bill in 1998 authorising the Government of India to establish a memorial to Gandhi on US federal land in the District of Columbia.
The 8 ft 8 in (2.64 m) bronze statue depicts Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in ascetic garb, in reference to his 1930 march against the salt tax in India. It was designed by Gautam Pal, a sculptor from Kolkata. The statue is mounted on a 16 ton plinth of ruby granite from Ilkal, Karnataka, standing in a circular plaza of gray granite pavers. Behind it are three slabs of Karnataka red granite with inscriptions honoring Gandhi's memory, and in front of it is a seat also of red granite. The statue bears an inscription with Gandhi's answer to a journalist who asked for his message to the world: "My life is my message."
The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial unveiled in Milwaukee in 2002 includes a similar statue by Gautam Pal, also mounted on a red granite plinth.
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