Dubai has always been a great friend to India. The recent unveiling of the statue of India’s ‘Father of the Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi at India Social and Cultural Centre on Thursday says it all.
Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, introduced the statue in the presence of community leaders, ISC members and the general public as the soulful prayer ‘Vaishnav jan to tere kahiye’ was played in the background.
The Indian Embassy had extended full support to the initiative. In fact, the 3-feet high, 60kg statue was flown in Air India Express under the embassy’s address. Such initiatives were taken at the behest of the Indian Ambassador, who was happy with the developments.
“We are delighted to partner with ISC to install this bust of the Father of the Nation on its premises, particularly at a time when ISC is also celebrating its own Golden Jubilee. I hope that the presence of Gandhiji will nurture respect and commitment to his values and also inculcate them in the younger generation. My compliments to ISC on this excellent initiative” – Indian Ambassador
After the inauguration, the ambassador honored sculptor Chithran Kunhimangalam and VTV Damodaran, Gandhi Sahithya Vedi Abu Dhabi president, who had worked for last two years to get the statue here. Community leaders, BR Shetty and Sudhir Kumar Shetty, who had backed the proposal and extended their support for the cause, graced the occasion.