UK govt clears way for erection of Basaveshwara's bust

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 21:27 hrs

London: The British Government has given the green signal for erection of a bust of 12th century Indian social reformer Basaveshwara here along the river Thames.

Neeraj Patil, former Mayor of Lambeth who is leading the campaign for installation of the bust, said John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage has given the clearance.

"I am pleased to give formal consent on behalf of the Secretary of State, under the Public Statues (Metropolis) Act 1854, to the erection of the statue of Basaveshwara at Peninsula Heights, 93 Albert Embankment, London SE1," Penrose said.

Patil proposes to install the bust of Basaveshwara with two faces: one facing towards the Palace of Westminster and one facing towards Vauhall Pleasure Gardens (formerly Spring Gardens).

"Basaveshwara was a 12th-century philosopher and social reformer," said Patil.

"He fought against the caste system and salvery. He was a great humanitarian. He believed in and foguht for a world in which there was equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, caste and social status.

"He advocated the modern British values of democracy, freedom of speech, tolerance and equality of opportunity as far back as the 12th century."

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