Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lok Satta warns of attempts to divide castes

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today wanted the Government to come down heavily on those who are attempting to foment communal trouble by defiling or damaging or destroying Amebedkar statues.

In a media statement, Dr. JP said that stirring up enmity between two castes is no less heinous than spreading disaffection between Hindus and Muslims.

He asked the Government to restore the desecrated statues and consider installing a statue of Ambedkar in the State Legislature.

Dr. JP recalled that the Lok Satta Party had chosen Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar as its twin icons. Gandhi stood for ethical politics and Ambedkar for rule of law, institutionalism and equal opportunities for all. Regarding a modern nation builder like Ambedkar as a Dalit leader is not merely a folly but an insult to the nation, Dr. JP added.

Dr. JP wanted the State Government to evolve a long-term policy on erection of statues of other than national leaders’ and sensitize people about it. Erection of thousands of statues all over the State without any due process will lead to chaos and anarchy.

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