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Gandhi Statue Causing Controversy In NJ Town

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Secaucus, N.J. (MY9NJ.COM) - The first ever life sized statue of Gandhi in New Jersey will being formally unveiled in Secaucus at the end of the month, but some residents are unhappy about it.

Gandhi is the most famous Hindu there is, known for spreading his message of non-violence.

The idea for the statue arose after an Indian family in town who had the statue handcrafted of stone in India wanted to gift it not just to Secaucus, but the entire state of New Jersey. Right next to the statue is a meditation garden that was gifted by a local spiritual center Sadhu Vaswani.

Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli discussed some of the back lash from people who are opposing the statue. He said much of the criticism is coming from the internet and is directed towards him trying to win the Indian vote by allowing this statue and garden in town.

“People blog online and hide behind screen names. People need to look past color and look at the man, look at the person, look at the individual and look at their accomplishments,” he said.

Allen Lalwani is member of the Sadhu Vaswani Center who thinks that much of the opposition comes from people who just don’t understand.

“I think it’s just not knowing enough about what’s going on. If they just came to this garden, this beautiful garden,” he said.

Mayor Gonnelli says Secaucus’ population is changing and 11% of the population in town is now Indian. He thinks residents need to embrace one another and their individual beliefs.

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