(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –A statue of Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi has been unveiled in Manchester.
The 9ft (2.75m) bronze tribute was designed by artist Ram V Sutar, and revealed in front of political and religious leaders.
The statue marks the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth in 1869 and was installed outside the city’s cathedral.
It is also intended to celebrate Manchester’s “multi-cultural and multi-faith” society, organisers said.
Gandhi had visited Manchester on his way to see mill workers in Lancashire in 1931.
However, the plans were previously met with criticism from some who claimed Gandhi had shown “well-documented racism”.