PRESS NEWS

Indo-UK ties soar in 2015 with Gandhi statue and PM Modi’s visit

LONDON: Indo-UK ties were vitalised in 2015 with a series of ‘big ticket’ developments like the installing of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at London’s iconic Parliament Square and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the country, the first by an Indian premier in nearly a decade.

During his visit to the UK, Modi held talks on key issues with his British counterpart David Cameron who had a special year as he won a second term by a thumping mandate.

Source

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in UK. Twitter: @MEAIndia
0

Mahatma Gandhi’s London statue: 10 interesting facts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke in the Royal Gallery of the British Parliament. During his speech, Modi spoke about the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in UK. Twitter: @MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in UK. Twitter: @MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke in the Royal Gallery of the British Parliament. During his speech, Modi spoke about the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square.

“I was asked on one of my tours abroad. Why does a statue of Mahatma Gandhi stand outside the British Parliament? I said the British are wise enough to recognise his greatness. Indians are generous enough to share him. We are both fortunate enough to have been touched by his life and mission,” said Modi.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the statue that Modi paid homage to.

  1. The Mahatma’s statue stands next to the statue of Britain’s WWII prime minister Winston Churchill, who had once famously ridiculed the Indian leader.
  2. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi is the first of any Indian at Parliament Square, and also the first of a person who has never held a public office in Britain.
  3. The entire cost of the project was more than £1 million which was donated to the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust.
  4. The statue is 9 ft tall and is made of bronze.
  5. It is placed lower than the other statues in the square.
  6. It is designed by Scottish sculptor Philip Jackson, who also is the royal sculptor to Queen Elizabeth II.
  7. Gandhi is shown in a traditional dhoti and a shawl with his hands clasped.
  8. The statue is said to be inspired by his photographs taken outside the British Prime Minister’s office on 10 Downing Street in 1931.
  9. It was unveiled on March 14, 2015, to mark the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.
  10. Statues of former US President Abraham Lincoln and former South African President Nelson Mandela are also there at Parliament Square.

source

0

PM Modi pays homage at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in London

394483-gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue at the Parliament Square here.

“At the heart of London, in the middle of Parliament Square, Bapu is immortalised.The 2 PMs pay homage to the Mahatma,” tweeted Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Source

1

PM Narendra Modi Pays Homage at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in London

 

LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here on Thursday on a three-day visit to Britain, paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue at the Parliament Square here. 

“Paying homage to the Mahatma. PM @narendramodi and PM @David_Cameron at the Gandhi statue,” the Prime Minister’s Office India tweeted after Modi laid floral tributes at the statue. 

A fly-past by the Red Arrows, the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force, with the Indian colours marked the event.

The nine-foot tall bronze statue was created by British sculptor Philip Jackson and was unveiled by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on March 14 this year. Based on a photograph of Gandhi standing outside the offices of then British prime minister Ramsay MacDonald in 1931, the statue was dedicated as a commemoration of the centenary of Gandhi’s return from South Africa to lead the Indian independence movement.

Prior to Modi paying homage at the statue, the visiting prime minister was accorded a guard of honur on King Charles Street here. Following that, he held bilateral talks with British Premier David Cameron. 

The Indian prime minister is scheduled to address a joint session of the British Parliament later in the day. 

Thereafter, he will address the City of London at the Guildhall, a building that has been used as a town hall for several hundred years. 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi outside UK parliament. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Facebook
0

PM Modi explains why Bapuji’s statue stands tall outside UK parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi outside UK parliament. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Facebook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi outside UK parliament. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Facebook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday on a three-day visit to Britain, paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue at the Parliament Square.

“Paying homage to the Mahatma. PM @narendramodi and PM @David_Cameron at the Gandhi statue,” the Prime Minister’s Office India tweeted after Modi laid floral tributes at the statue.

The nine-foot tall bronze statue was created by British sculptor Philip Jackson and was unveiled by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on March 14 this year.

Based on a photograph of Gandhi standing outside the offices of then British prime minister Ramsay MacDonald in 1931, the statue was dedicated as a commemoration of the centenary of Gandhi’s return from South Africa to lead the Indian independence movement.

While addressing Britain’s Parliament, the PM was asked ‘Why is it that there’s a statue of Gandhi outside the UK parliament?”

Modi’s response was, “The British are wise enough to understand his greatness. Indians are generous enough to share him. We are both fortunate enough to have been touched by his life and mission and we are both smart enough to use the strengths of our connected histories to power the future of our relationship.”

Source

narendra-modi_650x488_41444983922
1

Here’s PM Narendra Modi’s To Do List in London

narendra-modi_650x488_41444983922

 

LONDON:  A grand lunch at Buckingham Palace in London with the Queen of England sounds very royal indeed. And it seems Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be served that during his visit to London in less than a fortnight.

PM Modi’s first stop after landing in London on November 12 will be at 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister David Cameron. After a possible press interaction here, he will head to see Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Parliament Square, right next to the statue of Sir Winston Churchill. The PM will then cross over to reach the world’s oldest Parliament to deliver an address there.

“Prime Minister Modi will be speaking at the Parliament. It is only appropriate that he addresses the parliament house and also the Indian diaspora,” said Keith Vaz, the longest serving Birtish MP of Indian origin.

The same evening Mr Modi will meet top CEOs of mainly the manufacturing sector and will then settle for dinner at the Chequers Court – the Prime Minister’s country residence. The surprise addition though in list of things to do is on November 13. PM Modi is likely to have a private lunch meeting with Her Majesty, The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping received a red carpet welcome at Buckingham Palace during his four-day state visit. PM Modi’s is not a state visit, however, it appears he would be given a grand welcome too.

Wembley will see fireworks, Indian Diwali style. But even outside fireworks are expected, with some planning protests against what they call as his anti-minority policies.

source

Prime Minister Narendra Modi slated to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Parliament Square

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom has been scheduled from November 12 to 14. We are excited to announce that following his interaction with David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Modi is expected to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Parliament Square.

New statue of Gandhi unveiled in Parliament Square. Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi
5

Gandhi statue unveiled in Parliament Square – next to his old enemy Churchill

New statue of Gandhi unveiled in Parliament Square. Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi

New statue of Gandhi unveiled in Parliament Square. Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi

A nine-foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been unveiled in London’s Parliament Square – dedicated mainly to figures who protected the British Empire he so vehemently opposed.

The historic square contains statues of various ex-prime ministers who helped protect the realm in times of need, including Sir Robert Peel, David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, as well as various other prominent historic figures, including Nelson Mandela.

But Mahatma Gandhi, who encouraged his countrymen to stand against British rule in India, has now joined the line-up of figures, joining Abraham Lincoln and the late Nelson Mandela – who was inspired by Gandhi’s teachings on peaceful protest – as one of few men in the square who actually opposed the British Empire.

pg-17-magna-carta-2-getty-Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill, pictured in June 1941

The new addition would no doubt be unpopular with Churchill, the former British leader who famously tried to thwart Indian Independence and despised Gandhi and his beliefs.

Churchill famously called Gandhi “a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well-known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Viceregal Palace”.

The statue was unveiled by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley nearly seven decades after India won independence from Britain after Gandhi’s civil disobedience campaign and it marks the 100th anniversary of return to India from South Africa to start the struggle for self rule.

Finance Minister Jaitley said: “It … marks an important, historic moment celebrating the strong bond between our two nations,” Reuters reports.

David Cameron watched looked on as he pulled the orange drape from the statue, crafted by British sculptor Philip Jacksonn, based on a photograph of Gandhi standing outside the offices of the British Prime Minister in 1931.

Cameron said: “India and the UK share the same values and we are a partnership of equals. This lasting friendship is just one of many legacies left by Gandhi,” Reuters reports.

He added: “This statue is a magnificent tribute to one of the most towering figures in the history of world politics,” said Cameron. “Many of his teachings remain as potent today as when he first made them.”

Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan spoke at the event, as did Gandhi’s grandson Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Source

Mahatma Gandhi statue
2

Cameron hails Mahatma Gandhi statue

Prime Minister David Cameron helped unveil a new statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square today, describing it as “a magnificent tribute”.

A band played Indian classical music on sitar, Indian flags festooned the square, and schoolchildren stood in the crowd to watch the ceremony as Mr Cameron and Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the figure.

The Prime Minister said: “This statue is a magnificent tribute to one of the most towering figures in the history of world politics and by putting Mahatma Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country.

Mahatma Gandhi statue
Prime Minister David Cameron gives a speech during the unveiling of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square, London.

“Many of his teachings remain as potent today as when he first made them.

“‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ and ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world’ remain timeless, profound and inspiring words of wisdom.

“This statue celebrates the incredibly special friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and its largest, as well as the universal power of Gandhi’s message.”

The sculpture, created by Philip Jackson, was inspired by a 1931 photo of Gandhi at No 10 Downing Street, where he met the then prime minister Ramsay MacDonald.

The Prime Minister added: “On that same visit, he also went to see King George V.

“Arriving bare-chested in his dhoti, and marching ahead with his stick, he was asked if he felt under-dressed. He replied: ‘The King is dressed for both of us’.

“The man who turned the politically unimaginable into the politically inevitable; whose work in South Africa paved the way for Nelson Mandela; a man whose doctrine became the inspiration for the civil rights movement across the world.

“It was in London as a young man that Gandhi first learned to petition, to draft letters, to make speeches.

“It was here where he was treated fairly by his colleagues at the Inner Temple; that the foundations were laid for his battles against segregation and discrimination.

“And even years later, when he was striving for Indian independence, his respect for the people of this country shone through.
“If Gandhi could have lived anywhere in the world outside India, he said it would have been here in London. We should be proud of that and we should be proud of him.”

Mr Jaitley also gave a speech, and afterwards said he had met with Mr Cameron, the Chancellor George Osborne, and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband.

They were joined on stage by Gandhi’s grandson, the former governor of West Bengal, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who said his family was pleased at “the fact of his statue taking its place right beside that of his political descendent Nelson Mandela”.
He added: “How many countries celebrate the life work of a man who opposed it with vehemence for more than three decades? Not many.

“Britain does, and Britain celebrates Gandhi today because while oppose it he did, he opposed it in a cause that Britain now sees was just and in a way the world now sees was fair.”

Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s most prominent actors, read from Gandhi’s work. A band played his favourite song, Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, as the crowd sang along.

The statue was funded by the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust, run by Lord and Lady Desai, who raised £1 million for the nine-foot bronze sculpture.

It stands opposite the statute of Sir Winston Churchill, who in 1931 described Gandhi as a “half-naked … seditious fakir”.
Mr Jackson said after the ceremony: “Starting a sculpture is really like starting a book.

“I read everything I could about him, I looked at all the available images there are of him. I watched the famous Gandhi film – only once, because I didn’t want it to start looking like Ben Kingsley.

“One of the best things was meeting Gopalkrishna Gandhi, so I could get an insight into his character and the sort of man that he was. And that’s very important.

“It was considered by everyone that he was a man of the people, and therefore he should be kept at an accessible height.
“Somehow we manage to have acquired the best site in Parliament Square for the sculpture.

“He’s got the Supreme Court behind him, which is very appropriate, the Houses of Parliament in front of him. And he’s flanked by Nelson Mandela on one side, Abraham Lincoln behind him and Winston Churchill in front of him, so you can’t ask for more than that.”

Mr Jackson is known for statues of the Queen Mother and the Bomber Command memorial.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, said: “This statue will stand as a reminder of Gandhi’s ideals and Britain’s historic relationship with India and its people.

“Our nations’ friendship as equals, which brings growth and prosperity to both our countries, owes much to Gandhi’s determination to achieve independence though peace.”

Mahatma Gandhi statue
The Mahatma Gandhi statue which was unveiled in Parliament Square, London today.

Source

arun jaitley gandhi
2

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi unveiled in Parliament Square

A statue has been unveiled of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square.

The unveiling of the 9ft (2.7m) bronze statue marks 100 years since Gandhi returned to India from South Africa to begin his struggle for independence.

The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust raised more than £1m for the work which was described as a “magnificent tribute”.

The statue was unveiled by Indian finance minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, in a ceremony which also involved Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

gandhi cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at the unveiling of the statue which he called a “magnificent tribute”

arun jaitley gandhi
India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the statue in Parliament Square

British sculptor, Philip Jackson, was commissioned to create the work with his previous pieces including statues of the Queen Mother and Bomber Command.

He said he was inspired by photographs of the civil rights leader outside 10 Downing Street on a visit in 1931.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This statue is a magnificent tribute to one of the most towering figures in the history of world politics and by putting Mahatma Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country.”

Gandhi was known for his use of non-violent protest and undertook various hunger strikes to protest against the oppression of India’s poorest classes.

Who was Gandhi?
gandhi
– Born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat, India
– Leader of the Indian nationalist movement against British rule
– Known for his devout Hindu faith and ascetic lifestyle, often dressing only in a loincloth and shawl
– Imprisoned several times during his pursuit of non-violent protest
– Undertook a number of hunger strikes to protest against the oppression of India’s poorest classes
– Often called “Mahatma”, which means “great-souled”, or, in India, “Bapu”, which means “father”
– Assassinated on 30 January 1948 in Delhi, by Nathuram Godse

Source

A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi by British sculptor Philip Jackson is unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Also seen are Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in Parliament Square, London on, Saturday, March 14, 2015.
1

Jaitley unveils Gandhi statue in London

A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi by British sculptor Philip Jackson is unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Also seen are Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in Parliament Square, London on, Saturday, March 14, 2015.

A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi by British sculptor Philip Jackson is unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Also seen are Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in Parliament Square, London on, Saturday, March 14, 2015.

He was a man of the people, says Phillip Jackson, the sculptor

On a sunny but cold London morning in Parliament Square, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the long-awaited statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday. He was accompanied — on a specially erected stage, surrounded by British and Indian flags — by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, British Culture Minister Sajid Javid, Amitabh Bachchan, and Lord and Lady Desai, founding trustees of the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust.

The nine-foot bronze statue of Gandhi was created by Phillip Jackson, a renowned British sculptor, and will stand in the company of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others.

The audience, which included invited guests, as well as members of the public , broke into applause as the statue was unveiled. It was Gandhi more than anyone else who “embodies the deep and enduring connections between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest,” said Mr. Jaitley in his address. Drawing the connections between India and Britain, countries both freed from the shackles of colonialism, Mr. Jaitley paid tribute to Britain which had risen above the colonial past to recognise Gandhi’s contributions, choosing to place him on the same square as Churchill who had once described him as a “seditious, half-naked fakir.”

Mr. Cameron recalled the multi-faceted legacy for Britain of Gandhi, “the man who turned the politically unimaginable into the politically inevitable.” He said that in putting Gandhi in the famous square “we are giving him an eternal home in our country.”

Amitabh Bachchanread a selection from Gandhi’s writings on world peace.

It was Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s eloquent and moving words that drew the greatest appreciation from the audience. “We need him in India more today than we ever have,” he said. He spoke of Gandhi’s last fast against the partition of a country where he hoped Muslims and Hindus could live together, and for which he was assassinated. Ironically, Gandhi had helped bring about the freedom that now enabled people in India to contemplate building a temple to his assassin (in reference to the proposed temple to Nathuram Godse to be built in India).

The sculptor, Mr. Jackson, spoke of the qualities of Gandhi that he had hoped to represent in the statue as a “simple, thoughtful and compassionate man.” The statue had intentionally been kept on a lower plinth than most on the rest of the square, he said, to make it accessible to all. “He was a man of the people.”

Source