The marble statue of Sir William Peel, which was relocated to Flagstaff House in Barrackpore, after India began removing colonial-era statues. Photo: Sohini C
The marble statue of Sir William Peel, which was relocated to Flagstaff House in Barrackpore, after India began removing colonial-era statues. Photo: Sohini C
India

Statue politics: how India quietly removed colonists from their pedestals

  • As statues of Edward Colston, Winston Churchill and M.K. Gandhi are targeted elsewhere, India pre-empted this by relocating colonial statues in the 1960s
  • With these now in parks, PM Narendra Modi commissioned the Statue of Unity, honouring nationalist leader Sardar Patel, which is the world’s tallest

The marble statue of Sir William Peel, which was relocated to Flagstaff House in Barrackpore, after India began removing colonial-era statues. Photo: Sohini C
The marble statue of Sir William Peel, which was relocated to Flagstaff House in Barrackpore, after India began removing colonial-era statues. Photo: Sohini C
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