Immediately opposite Gate No. 1 of Parliament House is
installed a 16-feet high bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of
the Nation. He was a Saint among mortals, an apostle of peace, an
educationist and social reformer and above all, a true humanist.
An abiding faith in truth, non-violence, selfsacrifice, tolerance and
universal love was the distinguishing feature of his many-faceted
Mahatma Gandhi's name is synonymous with India's
freedom struggle. For nearly four decades, he was at the vanguard
of the national liberation movement. He also served as President
of the Indian National Congress. The Non-Cooperation Movement,
Dandi March and Salt Satyagraha and the Quit India Movement were
historical landmarks in the struggle against foreign rule which he led
with peerless fervour. Gandhiji infused a new spirit into the
people, awakened national consciousness and moved the masses into
The statue of the Mahatma in a meditating posture,
sculpted by Ram Sutar, was unveiled by the then President of India, Dr.
Shanker Dayal Sharma on 2 October 1993.
The statue was donated
by the Ministry of Urban Development.