President Kovind unveils Gandhi’s statue in Switzerland
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi, in Switzerland's Villeneuve marking the 150th anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
"Today, we have brought (Mahatma Gandhi) to the banks of Lake Geneva...It's a fitting tribute to a man who loved nature and cared so much for it," he said. "His legacy shall inspire us as we work together to tackle climate change," the President added.
Kovind, in a special event organized here, thanked the commune of Villeneuve for celebrating Gandhi's legacy and naming a Square after him.
Drawing a parallel between the commune system in Switzerland and the Indian village republics, Kovind said, "Gandhian thought has yet another connection with you. The communes have a distinct social and political role in Swiss democratic polity. It is very much similar to the way Mahatma Gandhi laid down his concept of Gram Swaraj or Village Republics."
Kovind said that Gandhi believed in the oneness of humanity.