When i was doing my under graduation in English, there was a poem prescribed named OZYMANDIAS, by P.B.Shelly. The poem is about a vast trunkless head of sculpted stone lying in the desert sands with the inscription as reproduced below:-
“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains.
Men and even Women in India,who have had the sudden realization that they are merely MORTAL, to perpetuate their memory of themselves had their statues placed on important junctions and parks, even while ALIVE. This must have been the legacy of the British, who had put up statues of their dead kings and emperors in parks, traffic roundtanas, and even churches in India!!
The commandment of Moses says:
Exodus 20:4 :-You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
It is indeed surprising that the British who have a sovereign who calls himself/herself as the DEFENDER OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, could ever have acquiesced to such a practice of setting up statues. If one thinks that IDOL is to be distinguished from a STATUE, then the logic is HOW WOULD THE SOVEREIGN PREVENT THE STATUE FROM BECOMING AN IDOL IN FUTURE?
Leaving aside all the British practices, in India it has been the practice by some politicians to “allow” their sycophants to set up statues in important junctions and ensure that they leave their FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME!! One of the chief ministers of a state in India had his statue installed opposite LIC, Madras and the same was destroyed on the day of cremation of M.G.Ramachandran. Where that statue lies like the head of Ozymandias is still a mystery!!
In the state of Uttar Pradesh there has been a lot of commotion on the issue of installation of statues by the present Chief Minister of the state, especially with regard to HER OWN statues. I am of the firm opinion that a suitable statute is to be passed by the parliament of India that NO PUBLIC MONEY is spent on erecting any statues of anyone alive, secondly not to allow any public place to be used for setting up such statues!! Unless it is regulated by Law, there is no way that we would be able to put an end to this nefarious practice.
Instead of making STATUTES, the politicians are busy making STATUES for the quick and the dead! And like the vast trunkless head of Ozymandias, some day these statues are going to lie on the pavements and parks and people would be left wondering why the public had spent money on inconsequential persons!!