The monument to the leader of India’s independence movement will be made of bronze and feature him wearing a shawl and traditional dhoti skirt with his hands clasped together, inspired by the iconic photo taken of him standing in front of 10 Downing Street in 1931.
The decision to create a statue was announced by Chancellor George Osborne and Foreign Secretary William Hague in July during a visit to the site of Gandhi’s assassination in New Delhi.
Sculptor Philip Jackson will create the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which will be situated near the effigy of fellow freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.
The application for the statue stated the intention was to show Gandhi as ‘a thoughtful, determined, compassionate man’.
Richard Beddoe, Westminster City Council’s deputy cabinet member for the built environment, said: ‘There is no doubting that Gandhi is a world-renowned figure that should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln, who also both fought for civil liberties.’
Mr Beddoe added that he hopes the statue will contribute to Parliament Square’s ‘long history of peaceful protest and democracy and action’.
Following his peaceful protest against British rule in India, Gandhi and his name are now synonymous with pacifism and having an iron will against a violent enemy throughout the world.