Suri: Statute Vandalism has become an emerging issue across India and in West Bengal too. On Thursday the great philosopher and India’s pride Swami Vivekanda’s statue was vandalized in Mohammad Bazar area of Birbhum district. Vivekananda’s teachings and philosophy applied this reinterpretation to various aspects of education, faith, character building as well as social issues pertaining to India, and was also instrumental in introducing Yoga to the west.
On Thursday morning it was noticed that fingers and the nose portion of the 10ft high statue was broken. The colour of the face of the statue was distorted. Meanwhile, this incident has evoked anguish among the people. The Mohammad Bazar police has started investigating the incident.
This statue was established on January 12, 2018 at Raspur village of Charcha Gram Panchayat under Mohammad bazar block in Birbhum. With the initiation of Sheurakudi Rural Welfare Society this statue was established in the society’s own place at Rashpur Primary School, on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Earlier, after statue of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin was demolished in Tripura, back to back Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s bust was sprayed with black ink in Kolkata and B R Ambedkar’s statue was damaged in a village in UP.Incidents of vandalism of statues have been reported from various parts of the country following which a statue of Dravidian activist Periyar was also vandalized. BR Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi were attacked by vandals too.