23 Sep,Jyoti Tewari : Canada’s capital city Ottawa has decided to have a Mahatma Gandhi statue.Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien, in a communiqué to Gandhi Monument Council (GMC) headed by Rajan Zed and Right Reverend Gene Savoy Jr., informed, “Ottawa City Council just passed a resolution that I fully supported to raise a statue of Gandhi in a downtown Park near the Ottawa River.”
Savoy and Zed congratulated and thanked the Mayor, City Council, and citizens of Ottawa for this laudable step and urged other capital cities of the world to erect statues to honor the legacy of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Mayor O’Brien is forwarding to City’s Street Naming Committee the request of GMC to name one of Ottawa’s major streets after Mahatma Gandhi.
Savoy and Zed, coordinators of GMC headquartered in USA, who made this request in a communiqué to the City of Ottawa, said that they would prefer the name of this proposed street to be “Mahatma Gandhi Marg” (marg means path). While Savoy is Head Bishop of International Community of Christ, Zed is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism.
The Gandhi Monument Council is formed of Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, Native American, etc., clergy. According to Savoy and Zed, the purpose of this Council is to commemorate Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, his commitment to world peace, and his work for the upliftment of the downtrodden.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. His life and thought had an enormous impact on the world, and he continues to be widely revered as one of the greatest moral, political, and peace leaders of the twentieth century.
Vibrant city of Ottawa, dominated by neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings, is one of the world’s top five sites for R&D and is home to Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.