Monday, 23 July, 2018

Statue Politics Continue: Ambedkar And Periyar Statues Vandalized After Lenin

B R Ambedkar's Statue Vandalised In Meerut Replaced The incident sparked protests by members of the Dalit community and the statue was later replaced
Melinda Barton | 09 March, 2018, 01:11

Amid the sporadic incidents of statues vandalisation in some parts of India, the union government has issued a second advisory to the states, asking them to promptly investigate such incidents and prosecute the culprits.

Besides, a Syama Prasad Mookerjee statue in West Bengal's Kolkata too was smashed as retaliatory action, but seven Jadavpur University students were arrested immediately after the incident.

Amidst the justification the entire BJP-RSS brigade on vandalization of Lenin's statue, the Tamil Nadu has witnessed the destruction of the statue of Dravidian icon EV Ramaswamy, widely known as Periyar. A five-foot high fibre glass statue of Lenin was toppled at Belonia on Monday, while a smaller figure was razed at Sabroom on Sunday. A petrol bomb was also hurled at BJP's Coimbatore office in retaliation of the party leaders' statements against Periyar.

Chennai: Adding to the list of statues of leaders being vandalised in various parts of the country, a bust of Dalit leader B. R. Ambedkar in a residential locality in Chennai was found defaced on Thursday, triggering a protest by locals, police said. The almost 11-ft tall fibre glass statue, which stood on a pedestal at College Square, was brought down last Monday with the help of a bulldozer. "Today Lenin's statue removed in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of E.V. Ramasamy in Tamil Nadu".

The latest incident was reported from the Mawana area of Meerut, where an Ambedkar statue was damaged early on Wednesday. "Any person associated with the BJP found to be involved with destroying any statue will face severe action from the party", he said.

Police ruled out any political motive behind the act claiming that it appeared to be the result of some enmity over a piece of land. So the root of anger of H Raja, who expressed his urge to bring down the statue of Periyar is very clear.