Gandhi's new home

Published: Sunday | July 22, 2012 Comments 0
Principal of the University of the West Indies, Professor Gordon Shirley, speaking with India High Commissioner Mohinder Grover.
Principal of the University of the West Indies, Professor Gordon Shirley, speaking with India High Commissioner Mohinder Grover.
From left: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Trade A.J. Nicholson, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Indian High Commissioner Mohinder Grover and principal of the University of the West Indies, Professor Gordon Shirley, unveil the statue of the father of India, Mahatma Gandhi.
From left: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Trade A.J. Nicholson, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Indian High Commissioner Mohinder Grover and principal of the University of the West Indies, Professor Gordon Shirley, unveil the statue of the father of India, Mahatma Gandhi.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller touches the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, while A.J. Nicholson reads one of Gandhi's quotes at the base of the statue.-Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller touches the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, while A.J. Nicholson reads one of Gandhi's quotes at the base of the statue.-Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
A distracted Lois Lake-Sherwood is the centre of attention for Nigel Coke (left) and Kenneth Hall.
A distracted Lois Lake-Sherwood is the centre of attention for Nigel Coke (left) and Kenneth Hall.

He inspired generations to greatness. Now, a statue made in his likene ss is meant to do the same.

The statue of the 'father of India', Mahatma Gandhi, was recently unveiled at Inspiration Park at the Department of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

With a few snips of their scissors, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade A.J. Nicholson and Indian High Commissioner Mohinder Grover unveiled the statue in a brief ceremony last Thursday.

The statue is an exact replica of one located at the Martin Luther King Jr museum in Atlanta. The base boast some of Gandhi's most famous quotes.

The event was the result of a conversation that took place on Interfaith Day, October 2, 2010 between the late Rex Nettleford, Barry Chevannes, Ajai Mansingh and Mohinder Grover.

You could hear a pin drop as the Indian high commissioner spoke of Gandhi's legacy and what he stood for.

Nicholson continued in the same vein highlighting as Gandhi did that 'an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind'.

He noted that it was fitting as Jamaica celebrated its 50th anniversary for Gandhi to find a place on the campus, noting that the long relationship between both countries began with the arrival of the first set of indentured labourers on the island.

It may be the perfect birthday present for Jamaica as principal of the University of the West Indies, Gordon Shirley, saw it as a gift to the university and people of Jamaica and appropriately placed next to Barry Watson's Heaven on Earth sculpture.

Now as students go about their studies, they can just glance up for a dose of inspiration.








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