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Gandhi statue vandalized in New York

The Indian American community in New York is demanding quick action after vandals damaged a life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi, reports Hindustan News.

The Consulate General of India immediately condemned the action as disgusting.

ABP Live reports that according to the Consulate the State Department is already looking into the matter.

The Gandhi Memorial International Foundation donated the eight-foot-high statue in 1986 to mark the 117th birthday of the Father of India.

In January of last year, vandals toppled a similar statue honoring Gandhi located in Davis, CA.

In December 2020, protesters defaced a statue of Gandhi in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC.

According to NPR, Gandhi is revered as a leader who advocated non-violence, but he remains controversial for many of the reasons many adore him.

Some believe India would have gained independence from Britain earlier if it had engaged in a path of violent revolution.

Others disagree with his stance on interfaith harmony and his belief India is a secular state or neutral on religious matters.

Finally, Gandhi insisted on leading a simple life which is contrary to India’s growing industrial society.

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