Orwell scotches Gandhi park plan

AFP-JIJI

Plans to create a memorial park for Indian independence hero Mohandas Gandhi that would have encroached on the birthplace of British novelist George Orwell have been shelved, officials said Thursday.

Last week, a state minister laid the foundation stone for the proposed Gandhi park on land surrounding Orwell’s birthplace in Motihari town in Bihar state, causing concern among fans of the writer.

“In view of questions raised by several people, the district administration has stopped the construction of the park around the premises of Orwell’s birthplace,” district Magistrate Vinay Kumar said.

Kumar said the district administration has instructed local officials to keep away from the site housing a simple white colonial bungalow belonging to Orwell’s family.