Nagpur: The country’s first Sculpture of Hawker, installed by Lokmat Media at Samvidhan Square in Nagpur, was unveiled at the hands of senior hawker Gajanan Meshram in the august presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday.
Also present on the occasion were Nagpur district guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, chairman, Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda, executive director of Lokmat Media Karan Darda, legislators Anil Sole, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Ashish Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Congress leader Anees Ahmed, divisional commissioner Anup Kumar, district collector Abhishek Krishna, municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar, NIT chairman Shyam Wardhane, entrepreneur Dilip Chhajed, senior general manager (Nagpur) of Lokmat Media Nilesh Singh, deputy general manager (special project) Ashish Jain and other dignitaries.
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Fadnavis said, “Despite continuous struggle in their life and work, the hawkers bring the world to our homes everyday through newspapers. They connect us to the happenings in the world which makes them an important part of our daily routine. In my entire lifetime, I have never seen a day when the hawker failed to bring the paper home.
The absence of the newspaper makes me uncomfortable, which is why I am thankful and indebted to the hawker for bringing the world at my doorstep every day.”
Pointing out why Samvidhan Square is the appropriate place to install the Sculpture of Hawker, Fadnavis said, “Respect and dignity even to the last sections of the society is enshrined in the Indian Constitution, penned by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Hawkers represent that particular section and the sculpture is a tribute to them. The unveiling of this sculpture is a milestone on our way to achieving that objective as enshrined in the Indian Constitution.”