The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court today expressed disapproval over the statue culture prevalent in the country, posing an open query over why statues of prominent leaders are erected when their principles are seldom followed.
What is the necessity for getting permission to erect statues, only to keep the leaders arrested in cages, Justice N Kirubakaran remarked today while hearing a petition moved by one, V Vaira Sekar.
He was sitting on the Bench with Justice B Pugalendhi when the matter came up this afternoon.
We are having Gandhi’s statues everywhere. Are we going by principles of Mahatma Gandhi? We are unfit to pronounce his name!
The Bench orally observed that while everyone is keen on erecting statues, these statues – including those of Mahatma Gandhi, Thiruvalluvar and BR Ambedkar were also being damaged by certain elements.
In this backdrop, the Court orally remarked,
“Why do we give permission to erect statues? If you have respect in your heart, it is enough. If you go by principles, it is enough.”
Justice Kirubakaran added that statues of political leaders are often erected during elections season, but this is done only to win election seats and not out of respect for the leader. He added,
“We are having Gandhi’s statues everywhere. Are we going by principles of Mahatma Gandhi? We are unfit to pronounce his name! We are all bringing disrepute to them. They are all broken and imprisoned in cages.”
He also pointed out that these statues often get caught in the crossfire between political processions.
“Then, in the name of the leader, there will be a law and order problem“, he remarked.
The Court, however, agreed to issue notice and posted the matter for further consideration on December 14.