Statues and Cross Roads
Today is Kannadasan’s birthday. Nope, this is not a post on Kannadasan. Today, every politician worth his/her salt made a trek to his statue and garlanded it. the statue is located some where in T Nagar (I did not know until today, that such a statue existed). I was left wondering how long before all the cross roads in Chennai has a statue.
Under the current condition, and expected exponential growth in statues over the next 50 years, Marina beach might not be big enough to accommodate all the statues. My provisional list consists of
1) M Karunanidhi
2) J Jayalalitha
3) Rajinikanth (it’s a 50 year time outlook)
4) Kamal Hassan
5) Anbazhagan (maybe)
6) A few offspring of M Karunanidhi
7) Satyaraj (he acted as Periyar, clearly the DK/DMK will demand a statue for him)
8) Veeramani of DK
In addition to these names, any leader worth his salt, and who has some power in deciding the party ruling Fort St George is going to demand a statue. Some leaders are big enough (the first three in my list?) to warrant a Samadhi somewhere in Chennai, most likely the beach. Clearly the beach cannot hold all of them, and they will have to go looking for signals and junctions to erect statues.
Over the next 50 years, I predict that every tier-2 signal (tier is based on its traffic movement, and location) will have a signal. Already every important signal in the city has a statue in the middle. One advantage of this is that for Signals which are named after the buildings close by like Kalaippa Signal in RA Puram, or Spencer’s signal, it will become easier to remember them if they are identified by the statues located there. Does anyone know the Eras Theatre Bus stop? Its in Adyar, the theatre has long gone and been replaced by the Corporation office. This kind of confusion can of course be avoided. Probably the only bright side of statues.