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I was surprised seeing Mahatma Gandhi leaving the railway station in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
The statue, by Indian sculptor Gautam Pal, was unveiled in 2009.
The statue was given to Wellington by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, on behalf of the Indian people.
It acknowledged "the commitment of the people of New Zealand for setting an example to the world of a tolerant, open and inclusive society". The statue symbolizes friendship and solidarity between the countries.
The station site was selected because Gandhi was a man of the people and liked to use trains and other public transport. Gandhi showed the world you can achieve social and political progress through peace and brotherhood. That is a valuable lesson to us all. The unveiling was timed to coincide with Gandhi's birthday.

The Kiwis noticed with sadness that their country disappeared of many world maps as you can see

here :)

I confirm that New Zealand still exist and it is well worth visiting.

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