The first bust of Mahatma Gandhi will be installed at the United Nations headquarters. It will be unveiled on December 14, and the ceremony is expected to be attended by all 15 Security Council members, as well as the five new members who will join the Council on January 1, 2023. The bust of Mahatma Gandhi, which will be placed in the "prestigious" North Lawn of the UN building, is a gift from India to the United Nations as India gets ready for UNSC presidency.

The bust, designed by renowned Indian sculptor Padma Shree awardee Ram Sutar, who also designed the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat, will be unveiled on December 14 during External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to the UN for India’s month-long presidency of the Council. Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Sri Tulsi Mandir in New York Smashed and Painted With Hate-Filled Words.

About the Bust

The bust will be the first Gandhi sculpture to be installed at the United Nations headquarters, which proudly displays gifts and artifacts from all over the world. Mahatma Gandhi Statue Defaced at Hindu Temple in Canada, Police Probing It As Hate Crime.

A section of the Berlin Wall donated by Germany, the Soviet sculpture ‘Let us Beat Swords into Ploughshares,’ a life-size bronze statue of Nelson Mandela donated by South Africa, and the ‘Guernica’ tapestry based on Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica are among the notable works of art at the UN Headquarters.

The other Indian gift on display at the United Nations Headquarters is an 11th-century black-stone statue of ‘Surya,’ the Sun God, which was donated on July 26, 1982. The statue is dated from the late Pala period and is currently on display in the Conference Building, was given to the UN as a gift by then-Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi. The sculpture was accepted on behalf of the United Nations by then-Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

Underlining the significance of the event, Kamboj said that Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violence and peace is enduring and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that “this is not an era of war” speaks to that very legacy and has been widely accepted by the world.

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