British Foreign Minister William Hague and Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, who are on a visit to India, on Tuesday announced plan for the statue of Gandhi, the inspiration for non-violent civil rights movements around the world.

Vara, whose family originates from close to where Mahatma Gandhi was born, said, "Mahatma Gandhi was a towering figure in the 20th century whose message of peace and non-violence has been echoed throughout the globe by world leaders."

"It is a fitting tribute that he should be honoured by having a statue in Parliament Square. Mahatma Gandhi was called to the Bar in London and Parliament Square would have been a familiar sight to him. I suspect the thought that there would one day be a statue of him in the Square never crossed his mind," he said.


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