The 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, is celebrated this year. Gandhiji, the kingpin of the Independence Movement, became an internationally adored personality. Gandhian principles are gaining greater acceptance in several countries, and Gandhiji is revered as a great visionary and moral force across the globe. Although Pala has significance in the Freedom Struggle, there is no befitting memorials here, whereas adjacent towns like Kottayam, Vaikom and Thodupuzha have Gandhiji’s monuments. It was in this context, also as part of Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary, that a Gandhi Square and Statue have been planned at Pala. The main objective is to transmit the massage and contributions of the freedom fighters to the present generation. The Gandhi Square and Statue are coming up at a space, owned by the Pala Municipal Council on the road to the Lawyers’ Chamber at Moonnani, forking left from the Ettumanoor-Poonjar State Highway. The construction and upkeep of the Gandhi Square and Statue are vested with the Gandhi Square Trust, Pala, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Foundation.
The Gandhi Square is being built in a stretch of land at the middle of the road, 230 ft in length and 50 ft in breadth. A 12-ft tall statue made of bronze and copper will be erected at the centre of the square. A platform also will be built in front the Statue. The proposed Statue will be way different from the Gandhiji statues in other parts of the world. The concept and design present Gandhiji in a seating position, reading from a few pieces of paper. Mr. K.S. Selvaraj, a renowned Ernakulam-based artist is the sculptor. The Gandhi Square’s engineering will be executed by Sri. Rajesh Sasinath under the supervision of Sri. Babu Varghese, Vice Chair, Florida Board of Professional Engineers, USA. The Gandhi Square and Statue are designed in keeping with the tradition of India as well as of Pala. The expected cost for the project is around Rs. 40 lakh. The project would be completed in less than a year with the cooperation and support of various organizations, individual donors and NRIs.
Mahatma Gandhi National Foundation
The Mahatma Gandhi National Foundation is a community-based NGO founded in the year 2000 headquartered in Pala, Kerala, with the main aim of propagating the ideals of the Father of the Nation. It was registered as K111 / 2007 in Kottayam under The Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. (ACT XII OF 1955). read more >>