Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to preserve the historically memorable houses/ dwellings/ places, whether permanently or temporarily occupied, belonging to the geniuses in the city, such as, Rashtriya Swayamasewak Sangh (RSS) former sarsanghachalak Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Kavi Grace, painter Mohan Kothiwan and others. Under such a decision, an introductory sign-board will be displayed on their houses/ dwellings/ places.
The NMC has made a provision of Rs 50 lakhs for this work in the current fiscal budget. Such a venture will include the geniuses (genii) in the fields of Arts and literature, social work, politics, revolutionary movements, etc. It has been surveyed that there are either intact or dilapidated memorable houses/ dwellings/ places belonging to certain geniuses while in certain cases there are towering monuments. In other cases there are plain grounds because their earlier houses/ dwelling have been reduced to the ground by time and circumstances. Such places belong to the poet Raja Badhe, Suresh Bhatt and others. It may be mentioned that Suresh Bhatt all along his life lived in a rented house in Dhantoli. Similarly, Dr Bbabasaheb Ambedkar lived in Shyam hotel here in the city.
There are many such geniuses who had to live in utmost poor conditions. They include poet Grace (Dhantoli), P B Bhave (Mahal), Purushottam Darvekar (Dhantoli), L N Haridas (Indora), Barrister Rajabhau Khobragade (Indora), poet Anil (Dhantoli), senior Communist Party leader Bhai Bardhan, former Vice President of India Mohammad Hidayatullah (who had studied in old Morris College in the city) and others.
Whichever places they have lived or stayed in will now be decorated with the sign-boards bearing their brief introduction to their individual credits, informed NMC Mayor Pravin Datke, adding that the new generation must know ‘who is who!’ and how far Nagpur is enriched by their historically memorable contribution.
– Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha ( email@example.com )