“Be the change you want to see in the world”
Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India, would have been 144 years old today (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948). The bronze sculpture of Gandhi was sculpted by Kantilal B. Patel, and was dedicated on October 2, 1986, the 117th anniversary of his birth. The sculpture joined monuments to Washington, Lafayette, and Lincoln in Union Square Park as a quartet of works devoted to defenders of freedom. Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.