The bust of India’s most famous defender of independence, Mahatma Gandhi, was presented at a railway station in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg.
The inauguration coincided with the 125th anniversary of Gandhi being thrown from a train at the station because he had climbed into a carriage reserved for white passengers.
“What went through Mahatma’s mind as he spent the night in the waiting room is not really known to us. But we do know that it led to the evolution of a force not seen before in any political movement,”
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi said in a message, referring to how Gandhi organized a campaign of passive resistance to combat colonial rule.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, attended the event: