Maya parks to get statues of OBC, upper caste icons

As a first step in this direction, the BJP government has decided to put up statues of Raja Suheldeo — the 11th century king of Shravasti who is reported to have belonged to the Rajbhar community (OBC) — both inside and outside the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal (Ambedkar Memorial).

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:June 5, 2017 5:27 am
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THE MEMORIALS and parks built by Mayawati when she was the chief minister, as a tribute to Dalit icons like B R Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram, will now house statues of other leaders too — some from Other Backward Castes (OBCs) and others from ‘upper castes’. As a first step in this direction, the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath has decided to put up statues of Raja Suheldeo — the 11th century king of Shravasti who is reported to have belonged to the Rajbhar community (OBC) — both inside and outside the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal (Ambedkar Memorial) here.

In April 2009, Mayawati had placed statues of Dalit leaders, including herself, at the site. Besides Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Mayawati, there are white marble statues, all seven feet tall, of Ramabai Ambedkar, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Kabir Das, Sant Ravidas, Jyotiba Phule, Birsa Munda, Narayana Guru and Guru Ghasidas. The total cost of the statues was estimated to be Rs 1.08 crore.

The BJP government has decided to install a bronze statue of Suheldeo, 16-18 feet tall, inside the Ambedkar Memorial. Another statue of Suheldeo, in white marble, will be placed on a platform outside the memorial.

“There are 13 platforms outside the Ambedkar Memorial. Many of them are vacant. A white marble statue of Raja Suheldeo will be placed on one platform. Another bronze statue will be placed inside the memorial,” said Om Prakash Rajbhar, Cabinet Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, who visited the memorial on Sunday to look for a suitable site.

Rajbhar is national president of the Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), an ally of the BJP government in the state. Over the last few years, the BJP has included Raja Suheldeo in its list of ideologues. Last month, Adityanath attended a ‘Hindu Vijayotsav’, which the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) organised in Lucknow to mark Suheldeo’s victory over Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masood.

Rajbhar said statues of others like Ahilyabai Holkar, Savitribai Phule, Daksh Prajapati, Guhraj Nishad (all OBCs), Maharana Pratap and Prithviraj Chauhan (both upper caste) would also be installed.

“There are sites for installing statues inside the Ambedkar Memorial too. The possibility of installing other statues will be explored later,” said Rajbhar. “All these great personalities, who fought for the country’s freedom or worked for social causes, should be honoured. Their statues should be installed at different places in the state,” he said.

Rajbhar said a proposal regarding Suheldeo’s statue would be placed before the Cabinet soon. Replying to a question, Rajbhar said additional statues could also be placed at the other parks and memorials developed by Mayawati.

When it was pointed out that the BJP was among the parties which had criticised the expenditure incurred by the then Mayawati government on these memorials and statues, Rajbhar said the “public” had criticised Mayawati because she had installed statues of leaders belonging to a particular caste. “We will install statues of all the great personalities who deserve honour, irrespective of their caste,” he said.

Recently, the state government sanctioned Rs 10 crore for revamping and repairing the parks and memorials built by the then Mayawati government in 2007-2012.

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  1. B
    Jun 5, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    It is a laughing stock of Kumari Mayavati when she her self installed her statue when she is very much alive and this is the third such instance of idiocity after Jagjivan Ram and Karuna Nidhi both have made their statue when they are alive.
    1. M
      Jun 5, 2017 at 10:38 am
      and what more we can expect from this arrogant Yogi who dont have any political knowledge than talking provocatively, if you heard him or even feku's speech in russia while giving reply on Paris accord he argued that " It is written in vedas that human got no right to exploit the nature" it is proven that BJP and all other outfit is driven by hindu intellectualism, if they will remain in power they will replace our cons ution to Manu Ismrati, National animal to Cow, and like wise. it is need to other communities like Christianity, Sikhism, Mulims, Buddhism to be united and act against those who enforce idolism
      1. B
        Jun 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm
        Use little wisdom before writing anything other wise it will expose your poor knowledge in the matter as you can not even spell Smriti properly and it is not esmriti .
      2. R
        Jun 5, 2017 at 9:23 am
        Also remove Mayavati status as she is accused in corruption and nepotism and may go to jail anytime. Dalits already have rejected her except some jatavs. Place all her status in some corner outside her home so that BSP can maintain them and let us see if at all this corrupt lady get embarrassed to see so many status of herself in one place!
        1. J
          Jugal Kishore Sharma
          Jun 5, 2017 at 7:42 am
          New world scenic there is no need of Idol, there is need of tech savvy formation to be compiles as combat the compe ion. Current system up to b tech or even any tech ridden degress would not compare in job creation. most of families are suffering lot of financial back drop and suc b in fear of future. Most of social structure did not take these Challenger. We would under perform for social reforms, get run away. Pl every body of frame would need the Knowledge peak with own resources techically sound system deveoloping, hobby creation leisure less time reduce, foreign language irrked in routine. part-time enjoy trainee the work force will real et of society. another thing mindless mob shifting each to teach of time
          1. M
            Jun 5, 2017 at 7:31 am
            Instead of statues ,if government plan to plant trees that would be better option.if bjp also do the same thing which bsp did then what is difference between them and bsp.don't waste money on statues ...e need clean and green state first
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