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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today handed over the reinstatement certificate of Indian barrister and nationalist leader Shyamji Krishna Verma to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in a function in Bhuj.

The certificate was given to Modi during his UK visit last month. The certificate will now be kept in ‘Kranti Tirth’, a memorial built in his memory at his birthplace Mandvi, Kutch.

Shyamji Krishna Verma, born in 1857, was one of the first Indians to be called to the British Bar in 1884. In the year 1909, he was disbarred from the Inner Temple as he had advocated the Indian independence.

The Inn’s governing council meet held last month decided that he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice as he was not given a fair chance for his defense. The decision to reinstate him posthumously was taken by the governing council.

In 2014 elections campaign, Modi in his one of speeches mixed up his name with Jansangha founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

PM in 2003 brought back his ashes from Switzerland and he was very vocal in his admiration of Shyamji Krishna Verma. However, Modi was also blamed for trying to gain political advantage and present a different image of the leader in the past.

The decision to reinstate him in Inner Temple was welcomed by the Indian community in Britain.

He founded India House, a hostel for Indian students in London, after encountering racism while trying to find accommodation in the capital. Among the eminent persons who visited the establishment were Gandhi, Lenin, Lala Lajpat Rai and Gopalkrishna Gokhale. India House was a center for discussions that supported the Indian freedom movement.

Around 1905, Varma founded the Indian Home Rule Society and The Indian Sociologist, the former a rival organisation to the British Committee of the Indian National Congress and the latter an anti-colonialist newspaper.



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It is believed that from the very first day till the last day, the unhappy souls of the deceased return to the Earth to see their family members. So, in order to ensure that the dead attain Moksha, i.e. to get liberation, family members of these souls quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger by performing the Pind Daan, which includes offering food consisting of cooked rice and black sesame seeds. The literal meaning of Pind Daan is the act of satisfying those who no longer exist physically.

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It stands testament to the past, in terms of the diversity of flora it houses. Bangalore traffic in the recent past has grown into a menace, but the stretch between MG Road and Cubbon Park is always a pleasurable place to stop and wait for the signal to turn green. The gust of wind that blows here, and the smell of mud, coupled with floral scents instantly transports citizens to Old Bangalore, where the weather was fine, and the trees loomed over roads with thick canopies that did not even allow rainwater to penetrate. Cubbon Park is also a historical site, and one of the few remaining monuments of colonial heritage in Central Bangalore. It houses many statues and among them, the most famous is that of Queen Victoria, which faces the St. Mark's Square.

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