FATHER OF THE NATION

Photos: From Geneva to Gujarat, statues of Mahatma Gandhi from across the world

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Well over half-a-century after his death, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi remains one of the most widely recognisable public figures of the 20th century.

Born in 1869 at Porbandar, a small, coastal town in Gujarat, he studied law in London and spent time in South Africa before returning to India in 1915. His advocacy of nonviolence and tolerance, while helming the turbulent struggle against the British, defined India’s independence movement—and inspired many others the world over.

There is perhaps no other Indian as admired and respected, both at home and elsewhere, as the Mahatma. In India, almost every sizeable city has a street named after Gandhi. Abroad, from Geneva to Johannesburg, statues of Gandhi stand as a tribute to his life’s work.

Today (Oct. 2), on the 146th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, Quartz presents images of his statues from across the world.

Snow falls on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on a winter morning in the Ariana Parc outside the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on February 2, 2015. The statue was given to the City of Geneva by the Republic of India in 2007.
Snow falls on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on a winter morning in the Ariana Parc outside the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse)
A worker sprays water on a statue of the late Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his birth anniversary at Gandhi Park in Bhubaneswar, eastern India, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Gandhi, known as the "Father of the Nation," was instrumental in the movement that lead to India's independence from Britain in 1947.
A worker sprays water on a statue of the late Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his birth anniversary at Gandhi Park in Bhubaneswar. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
A musician plays music next to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi during an anti-coup rally near Bangkok's Grand Palace June 21, 2007. Supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are running a campaign to reject the country's draft post-coup constitution.
A musician plays music next to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi during an anti-coup rally near Bangkok’s Grand Palace. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi bows his head after scattering flower petals at the feet of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington on Sept. 30, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama and Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi bows his head after scattering flower petals at the feet of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi makes a speech next to a new statue of Mahatma Gandhi by British sculptor Philip Jackson after it was unveiled in Parliament Square, London, Saturday, March 14, 2015. The bronze sculpture stands 9ft-high (2.75m) and will provide a focal point for commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Gandhi's death in 2018.
Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi makes a speech next to a new statue of Mahatma Gandhi by British sculptor Philip Jackson after it was unveiled in Parliament Square, London, on March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands in Union Square Park in New York, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. The United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence each year on Oct. 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands in Union Square Park in New York. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands among debris of Malacca village, which was destroyed by tsunami in Car Nicobar, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005. Twelve of the 15 villages of Car Nicobar, one of the most secluded of the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal, were flattened under the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged seven kilometers (4.5 miles) of the island in its first sweep.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands among debris of Malacca village, which was destroyed by tsunami in Car Nicobar, in India’s southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Jan. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Johannesburg residents enjoy lunch beneath the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Gandhi Square in Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 February 2011. With the advent of democracy in 1994, many large corporations, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), fled downtown Johannesburg for the perceived safety of the northern suburbs, leading to the slow but steady decline of the city centre. But now there is a rejuvenation story happening along city blocks and at specific nodes.
Johannesburg residents enjoy lunch beneath the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Square in Johannesburg. (EPA/Jon Hrusa)
Fireworks explode over a statue of Mahatma Gandhi during Diwali celebrations in Leicester, November 3, 2013. Diwali celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India, with up to 35,000 people attending celebrations in the heart of the city's Asian community, according to the Leicester City Council website.  REUTERS/Darren Staples
Fireworks explode over a statue of Mahatma Gandhi during Diwali celebrations in Leicester in the UK.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands in the Occupy Boston encampment, with Boston's Federal Reserve Building in the background, in Boston, Massachusetts October 11, 2011. Tensions boiled over early Tuesday in downtown Boston, where police arrested about 100 protesters from the Occupy Boston movement after the group expanded its encampment.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands in the Occupy Boston encampment, with Boston’s Federal Reserve Building in the background, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)
New statue of Mahatma Gandhi, on view at India House, London, March 2, 1949, is the work of Mr. Atri Brown, whose studio is at Earl’s Court, London. The sculptor never met Gandhi, and, relying on photographs and paintings, he set out to capture something of the spirit of the man. Indians who knew the Mahatma personally vouch for the success of the sculpture. One eyewitness adds that the gesture, although not characteristic of Gandhi, was the very one he assumed when his historic Salt March brought him in sight of the sea.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, on view at India House, London, March 2, 1949. (AP Photo)
People walk on a snow-covered road next to a statue of the late Mahatma Gandhi after a heavy snowfall in the northern hill station town of Shimla, India, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Many parts of northern India received snowfall in recent days, closing roads and hindering transport in some parts of the region including the main highway in Jammu and Kashmir.
People walk on a snow-covered road next to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi after a heavy snowfall in the northern hill station town of Shimla, India. (AP Photo/Mainka Gill)
Spanish Queen Sofia (2-R) unveils a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Joan Miro Square in Madrid, Spain, 02 October 2013, on the day of Gandhi's 144th birth anniversary. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in Porbandar on 02 October 1869.
Spanish Queen Sofia (second right) unveils a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Joan Miro Square in Madrid. (EPA/Fernando Alvarado)
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi is seen after it was vandalized with white paint at Ghandi Square in Johannesburg April 13, 2015.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi is seen after it was vandalized with white paint at Ghandi Square in Johannesburg. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi is seen wearing a Robin Hood-style hat and mask, placed on the statue by supporters of the Robin Hood tax, in New York, June 19, 2012. The proposed plan would tax stocks, bonds, derivatives and currencies, in an effort to generate more income for the federal budget.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi is seen wearing a Robin Hood-style hat and mask in New York. (Reuters/Andrew Burton)
A wooden statue of Mahatma Gandhi belonging to The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Mass., stands at the Occupy Boston encampment in Boston's financial district, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.
A wooden statue of Mahatma Gandhi belonging to The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Mass., stands at the Occupy Boston encampment in Boston’s financial district. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A statue of Mahatama Gandhi, overlooks the Indian parliament, in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 21, 2008 as Indian lawmakers continued to debate late Monday a vote of confidence in the government that will likely determine the fate of the government and civilian nuclear deal with the United States. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was forced to call the vote after his communist political allies withdrew their support for the Congress-led coalition to protest the nuclear deal.
A statue of Mahatama Gandhi overlooks the Indian parliament in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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