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Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

 
 
Mahatma Gandhi Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
1. Mahatma Gandhi Statue and Marker
Gautam Pal - Sculptor
Inscription.
[Inscription on base of statue - West Side:]
महात्मा गांधी
Mahatma Gandhi
1869-1948
“My Life Is My Message”

[North Side:]
Gandhi led India to freedom from British rule in 1947. He is hailed as the father of the nation. Crusader for human rights and liberty, thinker, writer, reformer, apostle of truth and non-violence (ahimsa), Gandhi succeeded in uniting millions of people of all faiths across India in a mass movement of civil disobedience. On Gandhi’s seventieth birthday, Albert Einstein wrote, “Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

[East Side:]
A gift from the people of India and the Indian-American community.

[East End - Panel 1:]
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the faces of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words,
Mahatma Gandhi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
2. Mahatma Gandhi Marker
Base of Statue - West Side
will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.” 1947.

[East End - Panel 2:]
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was a pivotal world figure of the twentieth century. Gandhi renounced all worldly possessions, devoting his life to work for the dignity and uplift of the downtrodden. To his people, he was a mahatma (Sanscrit for “Great Soul”), as proclaimed by the great Indian poet, Tagore. He kept purity of means and peaceful resistance (satyagraha) at the heart of the campaign against racial discrimination in South Africa from 1893 to 1914. He led a famous march to the sea against the increase of salt tax in India in 1930. A charismatic leader of millions, Gandhi was the central figure in India’s struggle for freedom from British rule. Gandhi was inspired by the world’s great religions and influenced by the writings of Ruskin, Thoreau, and Tolstoy. His life and message inspired great leaders internationally, notably Jawaharlal Nehru, Martin Luther King, Jr., Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Gandhi is revered by people of conscience in all walks of life around the world.

[East End - Panel 3:]
“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and
Plaque at Base of Statue - North Side image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
3. Plaque at Base of Statue - North Side
my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible, but I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other people’s houses as an interloper, a beggar or a slave.” 1921.

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?” 1938.
 
Erected 2000 by The Government of India.
 
Location. 38° 54.661′ N, 77° 2.819′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Massachusetts Avenue/Q Street, NW west of 21st Street, NW. Click for map. Statue and marker panels are in the memorial plaza off Embassy Row, west of 21st Street and across Q Street from the Indian Chancery Building and the Phillips Collection Art Gallery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cosmos Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Society of the Cincinnati (within shouting distance of this marker); Dewi Saraswati (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tomáš G. Masaryk Memorial (about
Plaque at Base of Statue - East Side image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
4. Plaque at Base of Statue - East Side
400 feet away); Before the city built a bridge (about 500 feet away); From 1890 to 1910 (about 600 feet away); Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (about 600 feet away); James G. Blaine Mansion (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Additional keywords. Mohandas K. Gandhi; Embassy of India; Embassy Row; Gautam Pal, sculptor.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCivil RightsGovernmentHeroes
 
Plaque at East End - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
5. Plaque at East End - Panel 1
Plaque at East End - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
6. Plaque at East End - Panel 2
Plaque at East End - Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
7. Plaque at East End - Panel 3
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
8. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
Mahatma Gandhi image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 23, 2009
9. Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 7, 2015
10. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker
Plaque at east end - Panel 3
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 8, 2015
11. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker
Plaque at east end - panel 2.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 8, 2015
12. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker
Plaque at east end - panel 1.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 7, 2015
13. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Marker
Gautam Pal
3/7/99
 
 
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