Naked sculpture of Gandhi sparks fury in Gujarat

A naked sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi displayed in a museum during the recent Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar has angered several, including Ahmedabad based social activist Roshan Shah who urged police in Gandhinagar and the Gujarat police chief to register an FIR against the state government, the chief minister, the museum organisers and the sculptor for installing the 'offensive' statue of the Mahatma. Gujarat Congress leader Dr Manish Doshi said 'Winston Churchill may have called Gandhiji ' a half-naked fakir' but the sculpture showing the Mahatma in the buff bending to pick up salt to break the 'salt tax' law of the British, was an insult to the apostle of peace and non-violence. PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Dandi Kutir as also a Salt Mountain to commemorate the 1930 Salt Satyagraha, after he opened the PBD celebrations to mark the centenary of Gandhi's return to India in 1915. The Rs.2 million sculpture was sculpted by a UK based artist.