David Cameron unveils the statue of Gandhi in Parliament Square

Amarjit Singh joined key dignitaries from the UK and India at the historic unveiling ceremony in London. 

A stunning 9 foot bronze statue of Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, was unveiled on 14 March 2015 in London's prestigious Parliament Square opposite the Palace of Westminster.  The inauguration ceremony was attended by Prime Minister, David Cameron and other dignitaries; the statue was unveiled by the Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley by removing an orange drape from the statue to mark the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's return to India from South Africa to start the struggle for India's independence. 

The Prime Minister said the monument celebrated the incredibly special friendship between the world's oldest democracy and its largest.  India film star Amitabh Bachchan spoke at the ceremony, as did Gandhi's grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi (the former Governor of West Bengal).  The speakers praised the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust (Chaired by Lord Desai) who had worked tirelessly to raise funds from the community for the monument which exceeded the sum of £1,000,000.

They also paid tribute to the British sculptor, Philip Jackson, who had created the impressive sculpture.  The special event brought together prominent members of the India Diaspora and delegates from across the globe, to include leading business, community and political leaders.  After the unveiling Amarjit also attended a celebratory reception hosted at the Durbar Court (Foreign Office) where guests were able to interact with each other.