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A sculpture commemorates Mahatma Gandhi who was the primary leader of India's independence movement and also the architect of a form of civil disobedience that would influence the world.
He organized boycotts against British institutions in peaceful forms of civil disobedience. He studied law in London, England, but in 1893 went to South Africa, where he spent 20 years opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. As a pioneer of Satyagraha, or resistance through mass non-violent civil disobedience, he became one of the major political and spiritual leaders of his time. Satyagraha remains one of the most potent philosophies in freedom struggles throughout the world today.
In 1914, Gandhi returned to India, where he supported the Home Rule movement, and became leader of the Indian National Congress, advocating a policy of non-violent non-co-operation to achieve independence. His goal was to help poor farmers and laborers protest oppressive taxation and discrimination. He struggled to alleviate poverty, liberate women and put an end to caste discrimination, with the ultimate objective being self-rule for India.
Following his civil disobedience campaign (1919-22), he was jailed for conspiracy (1922-24). In 1930, he led a landmark 320 kilometre march to the sea to collect salt in symbolic defiance of the government monopoly. On his release from prison (1931), he attended the London Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reform. In 1946, he negotiated with the Cabinet Mission which recommended the new constitutional structure. After independence (1947), he tried to stop the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Bengal, a policy which led to his assassination in Delhi by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic.
|Address:||Parkland Crescent, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane, 4000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.462881|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 16th November, 2014|
Unveiled by the Prime Minister of India
Shri Narendra Modi
16 November 2014
"Be that change that you want to see in the world."
"Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong."