Gandhi (Statue) Held Hostage in Novato

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    A statue of Mahatma Gandhi (shown here on an Indian 100 rupee banknote) was ripped off when the car it was in was, um, ripped off.

    What would Gandhi do?

    We're not sure but we're certain he wouldn't say "as long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it."

    That might be taking a quote out of context but that didn't stop a man in Novato from stealing a car with a 10-foot statue of reknowned peace activist Mahatma Gandhi inside.

    The Novato Police Department is searching for a white 1994 Honda Civic with a papier-mâché version of the historic Indian freedom fighter inside.

    The replica was created by traveling peace activist Jes Richardson. The teacher at San Marin High School made the statute with the help of a beach ball -- for the head -- and his students in 2003.

    It was made to protest the war in Iraq and it has since been used in various demonstrations for peace.

    "I could care less about the car," Richardson told the Marin Independent Journal. "A car is replaceable, but it took me more than a year to make the Gandhi puppet. They can keep the car."

    The Gandhi replica was wearing a white robe and it has the words "we must be the chance we wish to see in the world" written across the chest.

    Richardson said the statue was in a rooftop carrier ontop of his car when the Honda was stolen last Tuesday between 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    Until he finds the car, Richardson is practicing one of Gandhi's most famous mantras: Hate the sin, love the sinner.