Statues of Mahatma Gandhi become victims of negligence

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 10:44:47


Staff Reporter,


From the Giant billboards to the numerous brochures published by the government agencies, as the Spectacle of Mahatma Gandhi became a ubiquitous symbol of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, decrepit statues of the Gandhi installed at nooks and corner of villages/cities of the Chhattisgarh are questioning the earnestness of entire Swacch Bharat campaign.

An avid photographer Satyaprakash Pandey, who travels across the length and breadth of Chhattisgarh, took some disconcerting pictures of derelict statues of Gandhi. Statues with severed head, stolen spectacles or left to rot in the middle of filth, Swacch Bharat may have adopted the Spectacles of Gandhi as symbol, but authorities couldn’t stop thieves and vandals from stealing and damaging them.
At a mucky corner of a road at Chhaparwa, Mungeli, Pandey discovered a decapitated bobble-head of Gandhi kept over a stub which was the last remnant of his upper body, with no hands. Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi appeared like some elderly man abandoned after being subjected to atrocities by his children.

The senior photographer was even more stunned while he was touring village Jamchuwa of Jashpur, where the life-size washed out statue of Gandhi with an iron stick instead of wooden. Pandey said it was hard to believe that it was statue of the emblem of Truth, Non-Violence and Sanitation.

The statue’s head was hung down, perhaps in shame.
Another statue installed against a wall of Schedule Tribe Welfare Primary School Bartoli reveals the psyche of the Swacchta Abhiyaan patrons.
The wall with inspirational slogans of sanitation was lying filthy for years and the statue of a smiling Gandhi peeking out from top of the wall was perhaps laughing at the unscrupulous flag-bearers of the Swacch Abhiyan.
On the side of Aamgaon road, a Gandhi statue with gouged out eyes was staring down into consciousness of people passing by.

A puzzled Satyaprakash couldn’t help but contemplate as to why Governments install the statues of these great men and women, for paying them honour or get dishonoured.
There are still those who carry in their heart profound
respect for these great people and in some way keeping them alive in the form of their ideals and rectitude.

These statues are testimony all the talks of that this is the Nation of Gandhi are just that, Hollow Talks. They are just a lip-service to appease the political crowd.

On October 2, Monday, when some seasonal Gandhi devotees will be observing the formalities of remembering him, perhaps none will care about the Gandhi lying in dereliction at the corner of these villages.