Melbourne: A bronze sculpture of Mahatma
Gandhi was Thursday unveiled in the southern Australian city of Adelaide.
The 1.95 metres tall sculpture of Gandhi, one of the
world`s most inspirational figures and a champion of the
causes of civil rights and freedom, was unveiled by Premier of
South Australia Jay Weatherill at the University of Adelaide.
The bronze sculpture, created by noted sculptor Gautam
Pal, was a gift to the university from Indian government.
Kolkata-based Pal`s bronze statues of luminaries grace many
The sculpture represented the strong links between South
Australia and India, Weatherill said at the event also
attended by Sydney-based Consul General of India Amit
"India is the world`s largest democracy and has been an
important partner for us over many years. Education and
research play critical roles for our governments, businesses
and communities in both South Australia and India, and our
State is a key educational destination for Indian students,"
The sculpture`s plinth has been inscribed with a Gandhi`s
quote "Be the change you wish to see".
"Mahatma Gandhi has been a key figure in India`s modern
history and also in the history of the world. We feel honoured
to have received such a gift, and to have it as a special part
of our campus," the Vice-Chancellor and President James McWha
"Many years after his death, Gandhi`s messages of active
non-violence, the importance of the search for truth, and the
need for social reform still remain relevant to us today."
Weatherill said the sculpture represented the strong
links between South Australia and India.
The University of Adelaide has a number of ties with India through education, research, and staff and student exchange.
Vice-Chancellor James McWha said having a constant reminder of Gandhi and his life on campus was in keeping with
the university`s mission and values.
"We believe that education can bring benefits to all peoples in all corners of the globe, no matter how diverse they may be," he said.
"Education has the power to reduce economic and social
differences between countries and people, to reduce inequality
between races and sexes, to increase mutual understanding,
tolerance and respect between peoples, and to contribute to a
more peaceful global society."
Gandhi`s sculpture was also unveiled at the University of
New South Wales in Sydney in 2010 as a mark of close ties the
Indian community has with Australia.