SECAUCUS, NJ - A life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled on Jun.1 morning here, at a ceremony celebrating his life and remembering the principles of ahimsa and compassion that he espoused. The statue is a gift from city residents, Shantaben Maneklal, Raj Patel and Paul Patel, all active members of the Swaminarayan Temple and has been installed in at the entrance of the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden, here.
The life-size statue of Gandhi was dedicated to the state of New Jersey in a ceremony conducted by the revered Dada J.P. Vaswani. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The The Humane Society of the United States , spoke on Gandhi’s legacy of nonviolence. His organization cosponsored this event, along with the Sadhu Vaswani Center. Later, the two leaders held a town hall-style meeting with the audience. Hundreds attended the event from the tri-state area, including elected officials and dignitaries from American and Indian institutions across the U.S.