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Modi unveils Gandhi statue in Brisbane

Update : 16 Nov 2014, 03:03 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane of Australia, according to the official website of Modi.

The Indian Prime Minister said it was no ordinary being, but an era, that had been born on October 2, 1869 at Porbandar.

He said Gandhiji is relevant even today to the world.

He referred to the problems of global warming and terrorism that had been discussed in the just-concluded G20 summit at Brisbane, and said Gandhiji`s life gives us the answers.

The Prime Minister said the tendency of human beings for several centuries had been to exploit nature. However, Mahatma Gandhi always showed us that we have no right to do so. He would not accept a full glass of water, if he needed half a glass; and he would use the reverse side of used envelops to conserve paper. The Prime Minister said that if the world follows Gandhi's examples, a lot can be done for the environment.

Modi said that for Mahatma Gandhi ahimsa (non-violence) was an article of faith – he was against even verbal violence. He said the world can be healed if we all imbibe his message, of respecting one and all.

The Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey and Lord Mayor of Brisbane Councillor Graham Quirk were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, he noted how the organizer of the event, Hemant Nayak, had recalled that Modi was keen on having this statue installed even from the days when he had not yet become the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Modi thanked Nayak for correcting the perception that some people had, that he had begun to mention Mahatma Gandhi only after becoming Prime Minister.

Narendra Modi added that he never thought his suggestion (of having such a statue installed) would become reality, or that he would have the good fortune of unveiling it, and he considered this moment to be no less than a divine message.


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