Mahatma Gandhi statues and busts popular worldwide

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Nevada (US), Nov 30 (ANI): Slovenia is the latest country to acquire the statue of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi.

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) sent Gandhi's life-size bronze statue (sitting meditation posture) to Slovenia for installation in Slovene Gradec Municipality. Sculptor was Ram Sutar of Delhi.

Bronze busts of Mahatma Gandhi image have already been sent by ICCR to Germany, Australia, Italy, USA, Morocco, Mexico, South Africa, Peru, Seychelles, United Kingdom, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Ivory Coast, Fiji, Myanmar, Ecuador, Tajikistan, Russia, Syria, Brazil, Djibouti, Senegal, Martinique, Colombia, France, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Cyprus, Serbia and Montenegro and Ethiopia.

Gandhi's life-size or one-and-half life-size bronze statues have been dispatched by ICCR from India to Italy, Canada, USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, France and New Zealand. Sculptors of statues and busts are Ram Sutar (Delhi), Gautam Pal (Kolkata), Ramesh Bisht, and Ratnabali Kant (Delhi).

Distinguished Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded the countries that already had installed Gandhi's statue and urged other countries of the world to erect statues to honor the legacy of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi.

According to Rajan Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, Gandhi is now being rediscovered as there is a renewed interest about him and his ideas in the world and many people revere him as one of the greatest moral, political, and peace leaders of the 20th century. They are especially interested in Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, his commitment to world peace, and his work for the upliftment of the downtrodden, Zed adds. (ANI)

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