As we all know from our geography books that like Mumbai is the city of Shivaji, similarly Lucknow is fast developing into the city of Dr. BR Ambedkar. Though history books may suggest otherwise.
Lately Shahu Ji Maharajs( King George Medical College), and Lohias (Lohia Park, Lohia Path, Lohia Memorial) have also demanded their share too.
There are two Ambedkar Parks. One is a huge while the other one is miniscule in comparison. There is a Ambedkar Open university and Ambedkar Stadium. There is a Parivartan Chowk in the memory of dalit leader Periyar. Due to fading memory I fail to recall more.
All these Lohia and Ambedkar Memorials are billions of rupees stuffs(500 crore or their abouts). Maintenance is no less dear. Sometimes, the colours are changed - all within the different shade of blue and sometimes the size and shape of elephants are altered.
Now Mayawati wants to build a Kanshiram Smarak where she wants to install his statue which would be larger than The Statue of Liberty. For this, she has to grab the neighbouring Gomti Nagar Stadium, which is now known as Ambedkar Stadium.
This is after Kanpur's Green Park is forced into oblivion, and Lucknow's KD Singh Babu stadium now hosts oath taking ceremonies and party rallies.
Sportsmen are protesting, and in the act of sacrilege they have got a High Court stay order. Somnath Chaterjee will not approve of this meddling, mind you. Nor would Behen Ji - the one woman government. Similarly, Mulayam Singh had tried to grab the land for Uttar Pradesh Badminton Academy for the expansion of Lohia Memorial.
These protesting fools do not know that when an average Indian earns less than dollar a day, how can they think of sports! We are a poor country, then we should behave like one. Poor are not suppose to play, so how can the rest. This sporting and entertainment activities create disparities and unrest between rich and poor.
And then this is the land of the great leaders. We should give way to their idols. Not only that, we should daily kneel and crawl before them. That should be a good exercise to keep one self fit, so what's the use of stadiums anyway!
Labels: Lucknow, Mayawati, Politics