Asexual weirdo? A racist? And a reactionary proponent of the caste system ? This is not quitehow one thinks of Mahatma Gandhi, the saintly figure of our popular imagination who inspired men such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, and is revered in India as the Father of the Nation. Yet, it is precisely on these grounds -Gandhi's alleged sexual deviance and racism --that the British Government is facing growing pressure to abandon its much publicised plan to build a statue of him in London's Parliament Square to stand alongside those of some of the world's other great statesmen. The plan, announced by the Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne and the then Foreign Secretary William Hague on their recent visit to India, coincides with the upcoming 400th anniversary celebrations of Indo-British relations. But now a blazing row has erupted with several Indian-origin groups opposingthe move arguing that Gandhi's despicable sexual exploitation of women to test his celibacy and his covert approval of the caste system make him unsuitable for such an honour. Crucially, its most high- profile and vocal critic also happens to be chair of the anniversary celebrations and she has vowed to do her damnedest to stop the government from going ahead.