India’s president Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday presented a life-size, bronze sculpture of his nation’s founding father to the City of Parramatta ahead of the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth next year.
Kovind, the first-ever Indian head of state to visit Australia, arrived in Sydney on Wednesday on the second leg of his two-nation trip. During the first leg, he visited Vietnam.
Two photographs posted by the official Twitter handle of the President of India showed the striking bronze statue garlanded with flowers.
Marking the ongoing celebrations of the 150th anniversary year of the Mahatma along with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Kovind said it was an honour for him to unveil the statue as the legend belonged to the entire world.
“His universal teachings have a special resonance in all corners,” he said.
Kovind said Gandhi and the Australian society struck a common cord as he too was a strong supporter of multi-cultural ethos, like Australia. He said Gandhi’s message of non-violence and peaceful coexistence stands all the more relevant in these times of strife.
“As a country which is home to people from every part of the world, Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy cannot be more relevant to its values and ethos,” Ko ..