Gandhi’s statue vandalised in US, Indian embassy registers complaint

Unknown miscreants have vandalised a statue of Mahatma Gandhi away from Indian embassy in the united states with graffiti and spray painting, prompting the mission officials to register a complaint with all the local law enforcement agencies.

Gandhi’s statue vandalised in US

The incident is reported to get happened in the intervening evening of June 2 and 3 in Washington DC.

The Indian embassy has informed the State Department and registered a complaint with local police force agencies, that happen to be now conducting an investigation into the incident.

On Wednesday, a team of officials from Metropolitan Police in consultation with the Diplomatic Security Service and National Park Police visited the site and so are conducting inquiries.

Efforts are to tidy up the web page on the earliest.

Vandalism of your statue from the apostle of peace comes in the week of nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

A number of these protests have turned violent which often has contributed to damage of some of the most sacred and prestigious American monuments.

In Washington DC, protestors in the week burnt a historic church and damaged a few of the prime properties and historic places just like the national Lincoln and monument Memorial.

Among the few statues of a foreign leader with a federal land in Washington DC, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi was dedicated by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in the presence of the then US president Bill Clinton on September 16, 2000 during his state visit to america.

In October 1998, the US Congress had authorised the government of India to establish and maintain a memorial “to honour Mahatma Gandhi on Federal land in the District of Columbia.” According to the Indian Embassy website, the sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi is cast in bronze as a statue to a height of 8 feet 8 inches. It shows Gandhi in stride, being a leader and man of action evoking memories of his 1930 protest march against salt-tax, and also the many padyatras (long marches) he undertook during the entire length and breadth of the Indian sub-continent.

The statue, the style of which was produced by Gautam Pal, is a gift in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The pedestal to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi is a block newest Imperial Red also called Ruby Red a block originally weighing 25 tonnes reduced into a scale of 9’x7’x3’4”. It now weighs 16 tonnes.