Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Eye on UP polls, PM’s nod for Ambedkar Memorial upgrade

Eye on UP polls, PM's nod for Ambedkar Memorial upgrade
TNN | Oct 5, 2011, 05.00AM IST

NEW DELHI: With the Uttar Pradesh election fast approaching, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh has approved an upgrade of the B R Ambedkar
Memorial here and supported a proposal for a monument devoted to the
memory of the famous Dalit leader.

The Ambedkar Memorial is currently housed in a bungalow on a
three-acre plot at 26, Alipore Road, where the leader passed away, and
after a review the PM asked minister for social justice and
empowerment Mukul Wasnik to set up a committee to develop the

The memorial comprises just a photo gallery and a library and if it is
made more comprehensive it is likely to attract many visitors as the
interest in Ambedkar's life remains high, particularly among scholars,
activists, Dalits and Buddhists.

The monument will be developed in a manner "befitting the memory of
the great leader", an official statement said. The impetus for
approving the proposals seems to be next year's UP polls where
Congress hopes to emerge as the main challenger to Dalit supremo

With Congress led by party general secretary Rahul Gandhi hoping to
dent the UP chief minister's pro-poor credentials and wean away at
least a slice of her Dalit support, the Ambedkar Memorial gives the
party a few talking points.


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