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Gandhi statue unveiled at Australian university

Sydney, Sep 7, 2010:

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been unveiled at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, as a symbol of Australia's close relations with the Indian community.

The bronze sculpture and a collection of books are a gift from India to the people of New South Wales and the University, a statement from the university said Tuesday.

Amit Dasgupta, consul-general of India in Sydney, said it was in acknowledgement of the work being done by the university in providing a safe environment for Indian students.

Dasgupta said education and globalisation are both key in spreading messages against violence.

"Gandhi was born in India, but he belongs to each and every one of you," Dasgupta said.

Dasgupta, Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer and New South Wales Treasurer Eric Roozendaal unveiled the sculpture at a ceremony attended by people from the Indian and other communities.