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PM Modi to pay tribute to Basaveshwara statue in London

Press Trust of India  |  London 

will be paying tribute to 12th century Lingayat philosopher and social reformer at his statue on the banks of the during his visit to the this week.

The event will be organised by The Foundation, a non-profit organisation-based in the that has installed the statue of on the of

Former of borough of Lambeth & of The have received the official confirmation from about Modi's visit to the statue on Wednesday, told PTI.

During Patil's tenure as the of The Borough of Lambeth, a prime piece of land was secured along the of Thames for installing the statue of the Indian philosopher.

The project was approved by the planning department of The borough of Lambeth and subsequently by the for and sports as per the Public Statues Act, 1854.

The installed at the is not only the first statue to be unveiled by an Indian in the UK, but is also the first conceptual statue approved by the in the vicinity of the Parliament.

The approval was given as a mark of respect to Indian philosopher and social reformer Basaveshwara for promoting democratic ideals, social justice and gender equality.

Basaveshwara (1134-1168) was an Indian philosopher, social reformer and statesman who attempted to create a casteless society and fought against caste and religious discrimination.

has recognised Basaveshwara as one of the pioneers of democracy and his statue was installed in the during the tenure of

had also released a coin and a postal stamp as a mark of respect for Basaveshwara and his contribution to Indian society.

Modi will arrive here on Tuesday night on a four-day visit during which he will hold hold bilateral talks with British Prime Minister and attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 15:45 IST