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No caretaker for Gandhi chabutaras

india Updated: Jun 01, 2010 11:51 IST
BK Singh
BK Singh
Hindustan Times
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It's a strange coincidence. Governments had been zealously guarding Mahatma Gandhi's belongings in museums but appear to be careless in the case of Gandhi Chabutaras.

The cemented platforms, earlier known as 'kuchcha', had come up in all those villages that were visited by the father of the nation during the freedom struggle.

Gandhiji used to address villagers from these chabutaras that also served as an inspirational symbol for them.

After Gandhiji, his followers spread his message from these cemented platform, which now have a holy image.

However, over two dozen of these chabutaras spread across the district are in danger. Some of them have been grabbed by encroachers while the remaining ones are in the process of being grabbed, says lawyer Rajeev Varma who has launched a crusade to save these Chabutaras.

Inspired by the father of the nation Varma turned Gandhian and formed a team of dedicated persons. The team has started organising Gandhi Katha on the outskirts of the city as well as rural areas.

"In cities, the works of Gandhi and his memory had somewhat been kept alive through seminars and other programmes, but in villages the memories of Gandhiji have started fading," he said.

Talking to Hindustan Times he said, he had asked the Chief Secretary for information and details about Gandhi Chabutaras under the RTI but his appeal is still pending. The DM too is yet to reply one such application sent under the RTI he added.

At the moment we are waiting for the administration to respond and if they don't we would be forced to launch agitation on the streets, says the Lawyer ho has formed Gandhi Katha Ayojan Samiti. The Samiti has bigger plans because such Chabutaras built in the name of Gandhi exist in several other district.