Why memorials and statues are so important to Dalits4 min read . Updated: 08 Jun 2017, 07:13 AM IST
For the Dalits who have been subjugated in various forms, installation of statues of leaders represents their struggles for the symbolic appropriation of public spaces
New Delhi: Several parks and memorials built by former Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Mayawati as a tribute to Dalit icons such as B.R. Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram will now also host statues of other leaders, including those from upper castes. According to a 5 June report in The Indian Express, the UP government has decided to put up statues of 11th century king of Shravasti Raja Suheldev (an of other backward classes or OBC), Maharana Pratap and Prithviraj Chauhan (both upper castes), among others, inside and outside Lucknow’s Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal (Ambedkar Memorial).