Comments on: What do you have to do to be worthy of your own statue? http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: sumitra http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/comment-page-1/#comment-1344 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:50:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/#comment-1344 about dyaneswar maharaj it is obvious that there should be a grand statue to inspire people spirituali and remember him as a saint , guru a realised soui , a master poet

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By: ammy100 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/comment-page-1/#comment-414 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:56:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/#comment-414 to give a pride to the millions of souls and raise their collective self esteem. Whether it’s Shivaji or Ambekar or just an abstract concept (similar to Liberty). For example, if they wish to convey to the world that they are a warrior breed, Marathi people could built a “statue” of a grand “sword and a shield” “bigger than lady liberty”!The idea of liberty in practical day to day life is so uniquely attached to NYC that the statue can’t be anywhere else in the world.

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By: AM http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/comment-page-1/#comment-245 Sun, 08 Jun 2008 18:13:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/#comment-245 While I am not a supporter of religious intolerence, I like the idea of having a grand statue in the Arabian Sea to match other big icons in the world. I think they DO serve a purpose – mainly by making the future generations aware of the status of persona whose statue is being erected. They do serve to give a pride to the millions of souls and raise their collective self esteem. Whether it’s Shivaji or Ambekar or just an abstract concept (similar to Liberty). For example, if they wish to convey to the world that they are a warrior breed, Marathi people could built a “statue” of a grand “sword and a shield” “bigger than lady liberty” !

The question is – yes, the city of NY has liberty standing by it, but more than that, the city lives the concept, breaths it and it runs in its blood. How much of the “Freedom fighter” spirit is left in Maharashtrians these days? I doubt if they are any better than many other “fighter” communities in India – like the Punjabis/Rajputs/Gorkhas etc.

The idea of liberty in practical day to day life is so uniquely attached to NYC that the statue can’t be anywhere else in the world. (and btw, it was a “gift” from France. that itself has some meaning)

why not instead build a “symbol” that stands for Maharashtra? How about Sant Dyaneshwar? how about a great wall with Pasaydaan written in 300 languages of the world? how about a grand statue of Dyaneshwari itself? or even a vast group of marathi saints that revolutionized “bhakti pantha”, each from a different cast ? perhaps no. since it won’t raise a controversy!

Are we so unimaginative that we cannot think of anything but Shivaji? ven his mother’s statue would be a little more novel idea than what has been going on….

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By: Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/comment-page-1/#comment-237 Sat, 07 Jun 2008 01:05:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/#comment-237 While there is a statue for lady liberty, there is nothing wrong in replacing a dis-proportionate statue of Ms Mayawati, the Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that the Great Prabuddha Bharath, a would be Prime Minister of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath.

The RSS & the Shiv Sena have converted the tolerate Hinduism as anti-Muslim and anti- original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath. And the New Colossus Shivaji as anti-Muslim.

Hence it most deserves to cast the world’s beat secular leader Baba Saheb Dr. B.R Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, which has stood the test of time in bronze 300 ft tall statue taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty and set on a pedestal out in the Arabian Sea.

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By: Koleth http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/comment-page-1/#comment-231 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 23:23:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/06/05/what-do-you-have-to-do-to-be-worthy-of-your-own-statue/#comment-231 I can understand upstarts like Mayawati or Laloo wanting a statue of their own. But it would be disappointing to see the Maharashtrians justify themselves this waste.
Shivaji is one of the most respected warrior leaders of the country and there is a lot of respect for him not just in Maharashtra alone, but all over the literate and civilised parts of India.
The one billion rupees can be used for education or developing infrastructures in Maharashtra’s villages (why not plant plant trees all over Maharashtra and make it green?) – acts which Shivaji would have approved of. But wasting such money will only equate such a noble leader with the barbarian Mughals and the current lot like Mayawati.
A lot of Indians go abroad and stare open-mouthed at such concrete vagaries (even the statue of liberty). These people lack a sense of judgement. They haven’t seen the beauty of India I bet – they just want to take photographs in front of American symbols.
Let us not take encouragement from this breed.

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