Memorial for the Mahatma

Yet another Gandhi Jayanthi has come and gone. Over the years, however, memorials built in remembrance of the Father of the Nation have not been paid much attention. Take the case of the Paschima Vahini in Srirangapatna, for instance.

The place where Mahatma Gandhi’s chithabhasma, (ashes) was immersed at Paschima Vahini in Srirangapatna, in the backdrop of river Cauvery in Mandya district, is a case in point. The place, just two kilometres from Srirangapatna, is in a state of neglect. The ashes were immersed by then chief minister of Mysore state Chengalaraya Reddy on February 12, 1948. Thousands of Gandhi’s followers and leaders who were witness to the event paid tributes to Gandhi on the occasion.

Later, followers of Gandhian ideology formed the Sarvodaya mela, an organisation to create awareness about the Father of the Nation and his ideology. It also submitted a  proposal to the government suggesting to them to build a Bhavan in memory of Gandhi. Till today not much has happened on that count. 

Today, except a plaque, there is nothing to explain the importance of the place. Oldtimers express dissatisfaction over the attitude of the government. “The main objective of the proposal is that there should be platform to teach and create awareness about Gandhi ideology among the younger generation.

The government has not shown any interest on this front,” regrets Gandhian Bandigowda.