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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.