Political parties think that public spaces are their private domains.
Whenever they are elected to govern, they go about erecting statues in the
names of their party ideologues or those who they might be influenced with.
The Congress started this culture and the other political parties have
carried on with it. In Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati splurged crores of Public
money to build statues promoting her party and ideology. However, this did
not work well with the masses who were more keen on good governance and her
Government soon fell. There are so many statues, roads and Landmarks in the
name of Gandhi – Nehru families today all over India. Now we see such
landmarks in the name of Patel, Shivaji, Savarkar, S P Mukerjee etc etc.
The Left Front has built statues of Marx and Lenin. In Goa, we see demands
for statue of Jack Sequeira by people who have otherwise cared very little
about him or what he stood for. It is only vote bank politics. Political
parties, their leaders and ideologues are not Gods and we should stop
treating them as such. The days of Kings and Queens are over. Now we are
all equals so let us stop this blind idolizing. Why should any special
importance be given to political leaders and their ideologues who otherwise
enjoy huge power and perks whenever they occupy office? They are there to
serve us and govern us, not the other way around. There has to be a proper
Pan Indian policy to manage public spaces and political parties should stop
turning such spaces into their personal fiefdoms to promote their personal
ideologies. Statue and landmark naming politics is basically divisive. One
man’s leader is another man’s villain. Governments need to focus on good
governance and keep public spaces open to all and free from divisive

Sandeep Heble

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