Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
[Inscription on base of statue - West Side:]
“My Life Is My Message”
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.”
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
[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
[East End - Panel 3:]
“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and 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.
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights • Peace. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
Location. 38° 54.661′ N, 77° 2.819′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest west of 21st Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 21st Street Northwest, Washington DC 20008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 CincinnatiIndonesian Embassy / Walsh-McLean Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2019 Q Street NW (about 400 feet away); Dewi Saraswati (about 400 feet away); Tomáš G. Masaryk (about 400 feet away); Before the city built a bridge (about 500 feet away); George Washington (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Additional keywords. Mohandas K. Gandhi; Embassy of India; Embassy Row; Gautam Pal, sculptor.
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