Basaveshwara

In London, so I walked along the Albert Embankment in search of a statue that was installed in 2015.  It is of the Indian social reformer and philosopher, Basaveshwara.  My knowledge of Indian history being restricted to the period when British interests intersected (clashed?) with those of India, I knew nothing of this person.  I am always on the look out for new sculpture in London so I was keen to see it.  Later, I looked up information about him.

Basaveshwara pioneered the idea of democracy in 12th century India, so long before anything like it on these islands.  He also campaigned against the caste system and slavery and was in favour of gender equality.  It is fitting that he looks out over the Thames nt far from the Houses of Parliament.

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