This is the friendliest statue of Gandhiji I've seen, snapped up close and personal-like (it is a larger than life statue). It stands outside the town hall in my wife's home city of Baroda, now called Vadodara, India. The building is called Mahatma Gandhi Nagar Gruh, a venue for cultural events. Someone keeps a decent garland on Gandhiji at all times :)
Anyone know more of this statue's history and its maker?
The day I posted this, August 15 was the date in 1947 that India won its independence from the British. Gandhiji led a nonviolent revolution which founded the world's largest democracy.
He later inspired the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. and President Nelson Mandela in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. "Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk" -- MLK.
He is called "Mahatma" Gandhi, a title translated as "Gandhi the Great Soul." In India he is also called the Father of the Nation, and respectfully, affectionately he is called Gandhiji.
Popular quotes include "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" and "We must be the change we wish to see in the world," and a less popular personal favorite: "My religion is Truth, my practice is non-cooperation with evil."