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A view of the Gandhi statue that is located on the promenade at Pondicherry in South India.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable") - applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa - is now used worldwide. He is regarded by many as the 'Father of India'.

The statue at Pondicherry, which covers four square metres, is surrounded by eight granite pillars, of which two can be seen here. The pillars were brought from Gingee, a fort some 70 kilometres from Puducherry. They were erected in 1866, while the statue, placed opposite the old Pier, was inaugurated on January 26, 1965.

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