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Gandhi statue in London gets big NRI funds

ramirangerLONDON: An Indian-origin entrepreneur has taken the lead by donating the biggest sum of money yet for the proposed statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Parliament Square in London.

Rami Ranger (photo), director of Sun Mark Limited, has contributed £100,000 to the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust, which is coordinating the public fundraising process for the sculpture expected to be inaugurated here by early next year.

“The world owes Gandhiji a huge debt of gratitude for liberating one fifth of mankind through non-violence thereby creating a better world,” said Ranger, whose business interests range from shipping to beverage manufacturing to property development.

The trust said other donors from around the world are also stepping forward to contribute towards the iconic statue, taking it closer to its aim of raising around £750,000.

“There are pledges of large amounts due to be realised in the next month while smaller donations continue to flow into the website with its online donation facilities,” the trust said in a statement.

“This is more good news which adds to the steady flow of donations which have been coming in from all around the world through our website as awareness spreads,” added Lord Meghnad Desai, the chair of the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust.

“It is the combination of lots of small donations and a few large ones which is taking us swiftly to our final goal.” – From The Asian Age

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