Rashtriya Dalit Prerna created & developed by the Govt. of UP at the Delhi-UP border under the guidance of UP Chief Minister Mayawati on the banks of the Yamuna river in the district of Gautam Buddha Nagar (NOIDA) was dedicated to the people on 14th Oct. 2011 “The day Dr. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism in 1956”.
The Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal will hold monumental landmark in the National Capital Region of Delhi, built at a considerable cost of Rs.700 crores, not only for the empowerment of the dalits but also serve as a green space from the ecological needs of the area which is otherwise polluted.
“The dynamics of the memorial are the effective illustratration of the ideas of backward society can also be a pillar to progress of society & nation.”
It is only behooving to have a deserving memorial and monument for the dalit leaderships at this venue as they could not get any place (except Samta Sthal dedicated to Babu Jagjivan Ram) on the other side at the west bank of the river where all other famous memorials of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Charan Singh and others have been hosted by the Government of India. Mayawati has done a appreciable job in this regard.
There is some ill-conceived criticism of the money spent by the UP Government on the Sthal. However, the criticisms are biased as one have to know that there are no dedicated places to light us historically on these great leaderships.
As of today there are no much showcasing of our “Constitutional Architect” Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in comparison to other leaders. It is the time now to find the space and voice for the oppressed communitiy in the democratic India.
“What would be better if there were malls or high rise apartments being planned there.”
Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal at the gateway of NOIDA, an important and upcoming hub of economic and educational establishments just at the door steps of the capital of India, Delhi would tend to send a strong positive signal not only to the younger generations of India about the role and place of dalits in the society but also serve as a touristic spot for the national and international tourists.
The expenditure on building such an important attraction may be justified, keeping the benefits of dalit chetna and inspiration on one side and ecological and touristic on the other. It would serve as one big step towards the much needed social transformation.
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