Gandhi finds no place in Giridih

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By SHAHNAWAZ AKHTAR in Giridih
  • Published 1.10.07
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Giridih, Oct. 1: The maxim Gandhi belongs to one and all should be apparently perceived most in Giridih, a hub of preaching non-violence by Lord Mahavir. But the land of peace messiah does not have a statue of Bapuji in public place.

Make no mistake. There is no dearth of statues in the district, though. Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Swami Vivekanand, Birsa Munda, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Jagdish Chandra Bose stand tall in public places. Social groups having close affinity to these icons’ profession or people belonging to their region installed most of these statues in the district.

There is square and a ground named after the Father of the Nation — Gandhi Chowk in the township area and Gandhi Maidan at Jamua — but none of the places have a statue of Gandhi. The only saving grace for the district is Carmel School, which has a statue of Gandhi on its campus.

“Sadly, caste, creed and religion plays a big role in honouring great people. So, Gandhiji has not yet found a distinct place in most of the people’s mind. However, the administration can step in and install a statue of Gandhiji in a public place,” said Rajdeep Gupta, a follower of Gandhiji and member of citizen’s council.

Deputy commissioner Birendra Ram told The Telegraph: “I did not have an inkling that the district does no have a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. But now I would take initiative to install a statue of Gandhiji soon.”