Puttur: Historical well with Gandhiji connection exists here

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Puttur, Aug 16: Even as the country celebrates 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' this year it is time to remember, recall and respect all the political sufferers and freedom fighters who have fought for India's independence.

Mahatma Gandhi who played a key role in India's freedom struggle is remembered for his visit to Dakshina Kannada district. He was on a visit to Puttur as part of the campaign to eradicate untouchability against the dalits.

He was instrumental in galvanising the freedom struggle and in ensuring equality in society especially with regard to the dalits.

In 1934, Mahatma Gandhi had paid a visit to Puttur on his way from Sullia by foot. He was received then by M S Kille, Mallya, Molahalli Shivarayaru and Shivarama Karanth among other luminaries. Gandhi had participated in a small meeting below a large peepal tree at the present Puttur government bus station.

Gandhi had given a call to eradicate untouchability. He paid a visit to two dalit colonies in Puttur and in particular his visit to Ragikumeru colony is still remembered. There was no supply of drinking water to the families of Ragikumeru. It is said that people of the colony were consuming drainage water that was flowing adjacent to their colony. Noticing this, Gandhi directed his confidants to immediately construct a well which exists even to this day next to the Ragikumeru road.

The youths have come to know of Gandhi's visit to the colony today. Gandhi's visit was and has been fondly remembered by the people of the colony as he had directed his confidants to construct a well at a time when the region was facing a shortage of food.

This well falls under the ambit of the city municipal council. However, the water in the well is not being widely used these days as adequate drinking water is being supplied through pipelines to the inhabitants of Puttur. But, the existence of this well brings back memories of Gandhi among the people of Puttur and Gandhi's largesse in getting a well constructed.

The lives of the residents of Ragikumeru have considerably improved but residents feel a lot more needs to be done. 

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  • John Tauro, M'luru

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Puttur Municipality must take every effort to preserve this well in memory of Gandhiji's visit to our region.

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    FATHER of the NATION called HINDUSTAN.... become famous after the first ever Terrorist of post Independence history of Hindustan killed Mahatma Gandhiji...,difficult to expect matured thinking.... after all once a sevaka... always a sevaka.., once a chai wala..., always a chaiwala.., once a chowkidaara.. always a chowkidaara...,

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Gandiji might have gone to many places. Stop glorifying every objects he touched and stop thirsting divinity to a human being.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Mirchi Sahi Lagi Sahi Jaga Pe Ab Phad Phadao. Truth is always bitter for you. You want to live in fake world of empty promises.

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