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NCCL upholds the dignity of Gandhiji in Madame Tussauds Museum, London
NCCL President, Mr. V K Saxena on 17th May, 2008 discovered that the statue of the ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, who is undoubtedly amongst the greatest leaders of humankind, was not placed in the wing where the statues of other illustrious world leaders were exhibited, at London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The statue was placed in an isolated corner on the second floor near an Ice Cream Parlour close to a dustbin. Moved by this plight of apathy towards the Mahathma, Mr.Saxena took up the matter with the political leadership in UK and India.
In a letter written to the British Prime Minister Mr. Gordon Brown, Mr. Saxena wondered “is this not a paradox that the memory of the man who rallied world attention on the evil of apartheid in South Africa over a century ago is now subjected to the same scandalous contempt that we thought the world has overcome? Is this not a racial bias against India and its role models of historic reverence?”

The letter highlighted that the “statue of John F Kennedy on the same floor is not placed in such a cavalier manner. As such, it is not acceptable that the Father of Indian Nation is treated in such a careless manner, by placing his statue at a location where food is served, consumed, wasted and spilled. Hence, the placement of Gandhiji's statue at this location diminishes the dignity, respect and reverence that are due to his memory and evokes a sense of anger in every Indian”.

Mr. Saxena appeal for restoration of dignity to the Mahatma is all the more important as Madame Tussauds is a symbolic platform of the pride and diversity of human civilization and any mis-representation there would amount to distortion of history itself.

NCCL requested the British Prime Minister to initiate immediate action to see that this anomaly is rectified and the “Pride of India” is restored in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

When on 06th June 2008 the matter was brought to the notice of the management of Madame Tussauds, Mr. Ben Lovett, the PR Manager of the Museum denied any such wrong doings. But when the photograph taken by Mr. Saxena was shown to him, he immediately “tendered an apology” and moved the statue of Gandhiji back to the “World Leader’s Exhibition” hall.

NCCL received hundreds of congratulatory messages from the people of all walks of life for opposing the continued colonial marginalization of India in UK and succeeding in restoring the national dignity and self-respect.


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