Protecting statues; whose responsibility
Rajeev Ranjan Dwivedi | 14 Jan 2007

Another vandalising of the statue and the particular community comes out bagainst the administration.Does this solve the problem?

Another vandalising of the statue and the particular community comes out against the administration. The recent vandalisation of the Dalit icon Ambedkar's statue at Khochva village near Varanasi  is not new, but another repetition of the history. Here, History is repeated because we have not learned lesson from the earlier instances of such happenings.
But, this time the matter is not much serious as the incident has occured in a village than in the town like Kanpur that brought about severe implications in Mumbai as well.
In India we have the habit of putting statues of the icons at any nook and corner.This makes an impossible task for the administration to look after every statue.
Why such incidents occur? There can be two possible answers.firstly, It can be the trap of the4 political parties to take the benifit out ofthe matter in a caste divided society.Secondly, to spread disharmony among the people or getting attention of the media, administration and hence utilising the time for other destructive activities.The second method is mainly used by the terrorists , insurgents.
Now, the question comes that if some miscreants vandalise the statue, should we agitate against the administration and create tensions in the society? No is the possible answer.One way out of this impasse can be the proper care of the statue by the locals themselveas instead of the administratiion which has more other things to do.
The other way out can be the respect of the icons and their teachings, ideologies in their day to day life in stead of placing the statues at every corner.But, the situation demands the alertness of the administration to handle the complaint.