Gandhi’s urn immersion site at Bihar’s Kursela to be developed
An urn containing Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed at Kursela after his death in 1948. Bihar is celebrating 100 years of Gandhi’s Champaran satyagrah.india Updated: Apr 08, 2017 18:02 IST
Kursela village in Bihar’s Katihar district, at the confluence of Kosi, Gandak and Ganga river, would be developed as a tourist spot.
The village assumes significance because an urn containing Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes was immersed there after his death in 1948. This year, Bihar is celebrating the centenary year of Gandhi’s Champaran satyagrah.
State tourism minister Anita Devi made the assurance to include the village in the Gandhi circuit on the floor of the Bihar legislative assembly on Saturday.
Her assurance, however, came after Congress leader and legislator Sadanand Singh raised the issue of neglect of the historical site. Singh said, Sarvodaya leader Baidynath Choudhary had immersed Gandhi’s ashes there in February 1948, after the Mahatma’s death on January 30,1948.
Interestingly, some controversy surrounds the immersion of Gandhi’s last remains. A few years back, Gandhi’s great grandson, Tusshar Gandhi, had immersed an urn carrying ashes of the father of the nation, which was retrieved from a vault of the State Bank of India in Cuttack, following a long drawn legal process.
Doubts have been raised over another set of Gandhi’s ashes having been distributed among Congress leaders following Gandhi’s cremation. One such collection is at the Aga Khan palace in Pune, where Gandhi spent a long time as a prisoner during the Indian freedom struggle.
In Bihar, the state government has drawn up plans to promote places associated with Mahatma’s frequent visits to Bihar, including his first in 1917, when he went to Champaran on an invitation of freedom fighter Raj Kumar Shukla to mobilise indigo farmers against the British planters.