Govt. Apathy Pushes Bihar's Legacy into Oblivion


A legacy forgotten is history lost! I am putting forward a veritable issue that is directly linked with the glorious legacy of freedom movement in Bihar and has been neglected by the government. Considering the befitting merit of the issue, I am quite optimistic that it will catch people's attention equally and is heard and taken notice of in the corridors of power of the regime of the day in Bihar!

In Our Capital City Patna; Kadam Kuan is a region that was the epicenter of freedom movement from early 1920s till Independence. It housed the residences of some of the most legendary freedom fighters and iconic figures of Bihar who fought against the British and built the edifice for Mahatma Gandhi's nationalist movements in Bihar.

Among, the historical places of national movement in Patna is the "Congress Maidan, Kadam Kuan", where leading independence activists of the time; right from Rajendra Prasad, Anugraha Narayan Sinha, Jaya Prakash Narayan, Jagjivan Ram, Shri Krishna Sinha, Abdul Bari to Jagat Narayan Lal assembled and held meetings/protests against the British. Even, Pandit Nehru, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, and Sardar Patel had often participated in the meetings during the movement.

In Congress Maidan, the Statue of Bihar Vibhuti Anugrah Narayan Sinha, an eminent freedom fighter and among makers of Independent Bihar, stands in totally dilapidated condition and is broken. The statue was installed by the Bihar government in the '60s and unveiled by the then Chief Minister K. B. Sahay in the presence of a galaxy of state's who's who including Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan. However, till this date, while the Congress Maidan park has been renovated several times; the dilapidated statue of Dr. Anugraha Narayan Sinha stands neglected in a shabby state. The only thing the government did during several renovations of park was to replace the original plaque with a shorter one, but the statue remained poorly treated!

It is astonishing to find that, while Govt. pledges and installs several statues of icons every year; it cannot even routinely repair the statue of legendary freedom fighter Late Bihar Vibhuti. Is this how we treat our national icons from Bihar and whom today's leaders often evoke to gain only political mileage? Do we want our younger generation to see and emulate that how shabbily we treat eminent freedom fighters of state?

In fact, there may be many such more instances where places/memorials of immense significance and historic value stand in sheer negligence. This is an important issue directly related to Bihar's pride and legacy of freedom movement. As aware citizens of the state, we can be off lately optimistic of a just response by the government that talks of preserving and protecting the legacy of Bihar's illustrious icons but there's many a slip between the cups and the lips!


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