Against the Removal/Demolition of Statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose
Against the Removal/Demolition of Statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose By DMRC
- Chief Minister of Delhi,India
Mrs Shiela Dixit
- Chariman,Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
Dr Sudhir Krishna
This letter is with reference to the issue of alleged removal/demolition of a More than 40 year old & one of the biggest statue of Netaji Subhas Bose at Netaji Subhash Park, for the purpose of construction of Metro Rail Station. As per our information, DMRC had taken the decision to move the proposed site for the construction of the Metro station by 50 metres for the purpose of making sure that the disputed structure that had come up over there after the discovery of some relics, is not destroyed. While we respect the decision of the Honorable Supreme Court to Maintain Status Quo of disputed structure that has been put up over there by the Muslim Community of the locality, the sad part is that even while keeping the sentiments of the Muslims of the place and honouring the decision of the Supreme Court, DMRC did not even think twice before removing the statue of one of India’s foremost Freedom Fighters, i.e Netaji Subhas Bose. We would like to ask if DMRC and the Delhi Government at all respect and value the sentiments of hundreds of millions of patriotic Indians who have the highest respect for the sacrifices and the valour of Netaji Subhas Bose.
Is the importance of Netaji’s statue less than that of a disputed structure that has been forcefully put up?
While we appreciate the construction of the metro rail and we also respect the stay order of the Supreme Court on the demolition of the disputed structure, it is sad that the sentiments of patriotic Indians have been ignored by DMRC and Delhi Government. Netaji Subhas Bose was no ordinary person whose installed statue can be removed/demolished by authorities at will.
Therefore we request you to give firm commitment in writing that DMRC would install a similar statue of Netaji in the park after the construction of the metro station is completed and would also endeavour to name the station after him since the metro station itself is coming up in the park named after him. We also demand that as a mark of respect and honour for one of India’s greatest freedom fighters, DMRC would at least put up a photo gallery of Netaji and Azad Hind Fauj’s photographs inside the station. We would request you to kindly take this letter in the right spirit of its content and intent, and not to presume that people would forget about the issue in a matter of time. We are law abiding citizens of this country with the highest regards for those who have given their lives and blood for this nation and we hope that our sentiments would be honoured. If not, we would be compelled to take the route of agitations and litigations for restoring the honour of Netaji.
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