A 9ft statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled outside Manchester Cathedral on 25 November after receiving planning permission from the city council.
The statue, designed by Indian artist Ram V Sutar, will be revealed on in November marking the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, and has been brought forward by the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, a worldwide spiritual movement headquartered in India.
The costs of the statue have been sponsored by the Kamani family, owners of Boohoo, in memory of their grandfather Bhanji Khanji Kamani. The project has also been supported by Manchester Cathedral, the council, and the High Commission of India.
Turley advised on the planning process for the statue. This statue will be the first in a series of public realm improvements in what has been dubbed the Medieval Quarter. It is set to be positioned on the right-hand side of the cathedral in Cathedral Yard, adjacent to Victoria Street and Cathedral Approach.
Gandhi came to the UK in 1931 and visited textile mills in Lancashire to meet with mill workers to explain the Indian perspective on the boycott of British goods.
The statue was approved under delegated powers with no objections.
Manthan Taswala, head of rublic relations, SRMD UK, said: “We are delighted to have received planning approval from Manchester City Council. Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings remain as potent today as when he first said, ‘be the change that you want to see in the world.’”
“Following the 2017 Arena attack, Manchester’s unique civic pride displayed the values of non-violence and compassion. We are inspired by the people of Manchester for their strength, decency and community in the face of this unparalleled tragedy.
“The statue of Gandhi will celebrate the universal power of his message. A statue in Manchester will ensure that the heart of our politics and democracy can all be blessed with his ethos.”