Dr. Neeraj Patil was the most happiest person in London when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the granite bust of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara on the banks of river Thames in London….reports Dr Shiv Pande for Asian Lite News
Dr. Neeraj Patil, former mayor of London Borough of Lambeth, had conceived the idea of having a statue in 2011. With the support of the Asian community members, he secured the approval for its installation on the banks of river Thames. The Indian community is now praising the efforts of former mayor to fulfill his mission.
Describing the unveiling of the statue as a memorable incident in his life, Modi said wherever there is any discussion on democracy and Constitution, examples of Western countries are quoted. But very few know that Basaveshwara advocated democratic values and prepared the ground for gender equality and empowerment of women in the 12th century, he added.
Also, present at this occasion was the Speaker of British Parliament, John Bercow,MP, Keith Vaz MP Preeti Patel MP, Steve Reed MP and Lord Jeffery Archer.