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Not only India but Lenin statue was taken down across the world

Swapna Mohanty | Updated on: 7 March 2018, 13:03 IST

On March 3, 2018, history was created, after the 25-year-old rule of the CPI(M) government ended in Tripura and new wave engulfed the whole nation and that was again saffron deluge.

After this remarkable victory, PM, Modi in a weekly Parliamentary Party meeting said that "The victory in Tripura is historic and we should not undermine it just because our opponents are saying it is a small state in a distant part of the country.”

However, the happiness could not last long as there came reports of sporadic violence and clashes in Tripura and the demolition of a statue of communist icon Vladimir Lenin and hence section 144 was imposed in several places.

After two Lenin’s statues were demolished, a statue of EV Ramasamy, commonly known as Periyar (anti-untouchability) activist and Dravidian movement leader, was vandalised by two men in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district on Tuesday evening. 

As per the police, the nose of the Periyar statue inside Tirupathur Corporation Office was damaged by the vandals. Violence isn't limited to Tripura alone, it has spread to other states like Kolkata, Coimbatore and other parts of Tamil Nadu. 

Vandalism Hits Kolkata

On Wednesday another case of vandalism was recorded in Jadavpur University Kolkata. The statue of the founder of right-wing nationalist Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Syama Prasad Mukherjee was vandalized. Bust of the leader's statue was wrecked.
PM, Modi has strongly disapproved such an act and asked the states to prevent hooliganism.

Vandalsim Hits Coimbatore

After the great leader's statues were vandalised in Tripura and Kolkata, BJP Office in Coimbatore was attacked by unidentified people with a petrol bomb.

To take the situation under control, police have been deployed around Periyar’s statues in Coimbatore.

The demolition of Lenin monuments across the world

Germany

On  November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, Lenin and Marx's statues became the target of public vex.

In 1991, the first mayor of reunited Berlin, the conservative Eberhard Diepgen, ordered this removal. This is believed to be an act of getting over 'dictatorship where people were persecuted and murdered'.

This demolition wasn't a one-day business, it took over months for workers to cut through granite, splitting the statue into 120 parts.

In 1991, nearly 5,500 Lenin monuments were demolished. The demolition of Lenin monuments in Ukraine happened in four stages.

Ukraine

On  November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, Lenin and Marx's statues became the target of public vex.

In 1991, the first mayor of reunited Berlin, the conservative Eberhard Diepgen, ordered this removal. This is believed to be an act of getting over 'dictatorship where people were persecuted and murdered'.

This demolition wasn't a one-day business, it took over months for workers to cut through granite, splitting the statue into 120 parts.

In 1991, nearly 5,500 Lenin monuments were demolished. The demolition of Lenin monuments in Ukraine happened in four stages.

First published: 7 March 2018, 12:38 IST
 
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