Mahatma Gandhi’s tallest statue unveiled in Patna
PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday unveiled the world’s tallest bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Maidan here.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said, “The 72-feet-tall statue of the ‘Father of the Nation’ is a gift to all who love him and follow his ideals. We are proud that his tallest statue has been installed in Patna and it will keep reminding us of the sacrifices made by our forefathers to give us a free country.”
He said, “Gandhi showed us how to lead a life of non-violence and today’s youth should try to follow in his footsteps. Language of love and non-violence can win more hearts than on the war front.”
The state government had commissioned Delhi-based sculptor Anil Sutar to make the statue. Anil’s father Ram Sutar is known for his art of making Gandhi statue, which have been displayed and installed in more than 50 countries.
“While the statue is 40-feet-high, its pedestal is 24 feet high besides a staircase of eight feet. Altogether, the statue stands 72 feet tall. Ram Sutar’s firm was awarded the Rs 40 crore contract for the statue,” said Ravindra Prasad, chief engineer, state building construction department (BCD). BCD was the nodal agency to monitor the construction and installation of the statue.
Two noted Gandhians – Razi Ahmad, director, Gandhi Sangrahalay, and Tripurari Sharan, chairperson, All India Khadi Gramodyog Board – were also part of the planning committee. Their suggestions were taken during the creation of the statue.
Four landmark events in Gandhi’s life are inscribed on the four sides of the pedestal of the statue. Dandi march in 1930, Quit India movement in 1942, Champaran satyagraha in 1917 and charkha as symbol of Gandhi have been inscribed on the pedestal.
The CM expressed his gratitude to the officials of building construction department, sculptors Ram Sutar and Anil Sutar, Razi Ahmad and Tripurari Babu for their contribution in the construction of the statue. They were presented with shawls.
State building construction department minister Damodar Rawat was also present at the inauguration function.