‘BJP idolizes Godse, Not Gandhi’: Sabarmati Ashram inhabitants on Revamp Project.

Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad is associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who had spent 13 years at the facility from 1917 to 1930. (Pic Credit: Mid-Day)

Gujarat authorities' formidable venture to redesign Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram is no stranger to criticism. The Rs 1,200 crore has been offered by the centre, it has been a level of controversy ever because it was first announced by the state authorities in the year 2019. 

The venture which targets to transform the ashram into a ‘global magnificence memorial’ is among one of the various tasks of central authorities and prime minister Narendra Modi in collaboration with architect Bimal Patel, To mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 152 birth anniversary, They visited the Gandhi ashram to satisfy the residents — descendants of the authentic ashram inhabitants — who’re ready to be relocated to pave manner for “remodelled” ashram.

‘Home For Years’: Ashram Residents Jittery About Relocation. 

Kantilal Rathore’s own circle of relatives has been residing within the premises of Sabarmati Ashram for 5 generations now. He says that for the authorities, the ashram is only a “capital making machine” but for him and different residents, it’s far from inheritance and lineage only 

“BJP authorities which have made temples and statues within the honour of (Nathuram) Godse. They no longer value the simplicity of Gandhi. For them this is only a capital making business, however my own circle of relatives has been residing right here for nearly 104 years. Where will I move?” Kantilal Rathore, Gandhi Ashram resident. 

Several others like Kesarben Rathore and Trupti Rathore agree. Kesarben’s own circle of relatives has been residing near the ashram for 4 generations, while Trupti says her father and her grandfather have been all born within the residence they presently stay in. “This is the area where our ancestors have been born. How are we able to neglect that? Currently, the 5th era of our own circle of relatives is residing here. How are we able to move to another place ?” Kesarben Rathore told. 
Families Fear Loss of Employment & source of income. 
Emotional attachment and ancestral linearity aren’t the handiest two matters which the ashram citizens are worried about with regards to the redevelopment plan. Several of them worry that moving some distance from the ashram will bring about them dropping their jobs and livelihood. 

Nipuna Rathore who owns a small store close to the primary ashram street fears that shifting anywhere else will affect her small-scale business.
“They haven’t given us ‘harijans’ jobs withinside the ashram. They are simply asking us to leave. Now wherein can we move? I even have a residence towards the primary street in which we run a small store. I have two kids. Where do we move now?” Nipuna says. 

Lack of Clarity on Reimbursement & Rehabilitation. 
Residents declare that the authorities had to begin with promising a reimbursement of Rs 75 lakh each for his or her homes. However, throughout the COVID pandemic they got here right all the way down to Rs 65 lakh and now finally, they’re handiest being provided Rs 60 lakh. 

“These people are telling us that we can get a reimbursement of Rs 60 lakh each. But we don’t need this money,” says Pallavi Solanki, some other resident residing withinside the area. Pallavi’s own circle of relatives like many different households has been residing in the ashram for nearly 5 generations. Others echoed Pallavi’s concerns.  Her neighbour Maniben Parmar advised us that there’s no readability concerning reimbursement or rehabilitation. 

“We have been first informed that we can get Rs 75 lakh as reimbursement. This turned into two years back earlier than the coronavirus pandemic. Then they informed us that we will get Rs 65 lakh and now they’ve come right all the way down to Rs 60 lakh. This is making us nervous.”
Maniben Parmar, Gandhi Ashram Resident , “The complete surroundings around this venture could be very stressful. Our coronary heart is in this place, and we want to stay here,” she added.

Source: The Quint



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