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Amitabh Bachchan will certainly get a jolt on hearing that the money he had given to Allahabad to build a memorial to his late father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, could not be used for the purpose it was meant for. And the next use to which it was put was not approved so that it was demolished.


It may be recalled that Amitabh Bachchan wanted a Girls School to be established in Allahabad in the name of his father. That was indeed a very good initiative. We need to expand girls education and provide them  proper school with all the necessary facilities. But the plea taken by those who had received the money was that no land was available for the construction of the school building. That seemed to be a tame excuse. So many educational institutes are springing up in Allahabad. They are managing to get the land. But our Nagar Nigam couldn’t manage to do so! So it diverted the funds to build an auditorium within the municipal campus and name it after the poet. But a stay against the construction was obtained so that all construction had stopped. The spot will now be used to provide parking place for vehicles that are driven to the Nagar Nigam  office. The corporators have protested against the demolition of the under-construction auditorium. Their contention is that the High Court stay has been vacated by the Supreme Court, as reported in a local daily. But the point is: What is needed more—an auditorium or a parking place. If an auditorium comes up then those visiting the Hall would have also needed parking place for their vehicles. As already the place is suffering from the lack of parking space, how would the authorities have coped with the additional burden?
Be that as it may. My contention is that if Amitabh Bachchan desired that a girl’s school be constructed in his father’s name then his wish, a very noble one, should have been fulfilled at all cost. Those who took the money for this specific purpose and then diverted it elsewhere have betrayed Amitabh Bachchan. That is what the general feeling is.

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