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Soil from Mhow for Ambedkar?s statue

AT A time when sections of the country are in flames over the beheading of the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in Kanpur, some residents of Mhow, where Ambedkar was born, have decided to sent soil from the area to Kanpur so that the beheaded statue can be re-constructed with that soil.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 15:31 IST

AT A time when sections of the country are in flames over the beheading of the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in Kanpur, some residents of Mhow, where Ambedkar was born, have decided to sent soil from the area to Kanpur so that the beheaded statue can be re-constructed with that soil.

Members of the Baba Saheb Jayanti Samiti have dug soil from near statue of Baba Saheb Ambedkar at the Ambedkar Institute and have approached the local SDM John Kingslay to sent the soil to Kanpur.

Samiti president Rajiv Farshiwala said that by sending the soil they wanted to convey a message of peace and brotherhood to the entire country. He said the actions of the people who claim to be his followers, would have pained Ambedkar.

Sheshraj Azad, a Dalit, who was among those who dug the soil, said that he was sure that this was an act by anti-socials, who were out to divide the people of the country along new lines.

The former Mayor of Mhow, Kapil Solanki, who is also a member of the Samiti was more forthcoming. He said that this had been done with an eye on the forthcoming UP Assembly elections, and upper castes were being pitted against the Dalits. He added the Baba Saheb was a man of peace and would never have approved of such violence.