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A Fall Into Sear And Yellow Leaf

The Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial in Delhi has seen better days. Political will can ensure that it sees them once again.

A Fall Into Sear And Yellow Leaf
Tribhuvan Tiwari
A Fall Into Sear And Yellow Leaf
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The untended grounds of 26, Alipur Road, in New Delhi’s upscale Civil Lines neighbourhood, give a telling foretaste of the overall neglect of the building. It’s hard to believe that this is the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial, where the man spent his twilight years and breathed his last. The visitor’s book here reveals more than the walls themselves—scribbled in by the few visitors it receives, some all the way from Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, are urgent requests, not only for a ‘better’ memorial, but for basic amenities like fans, lights and some ventilation. One of the scant names in the log is Ramesh Sabharwal, an Ambedkarite who visited from Sonepat, Haryana, just last month. “I have visited the memorial a few times before and I spend a lot of time reading Ambedkar’s books at the library. But this time, I found it hard to bear the heat, with no fans and no drinking water. This is hardly what I expected at a place of such historical importance,” he says. Other guests complain that while...

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