Heritage building of Vivekananda faces the axe
The TOI has reported a story which is very disheartening to read and is about a heritage building in the city in which Swami Vivekananda had stayed in 1892 for three days.
To be very precise it was October 15 to 18, 1892 that Swami Vivekananda was in Belgaum and had visited this place in Risaldar Galli (Now Swami Vivekananda Marg) where he even gave some lectures. Swamiji had stayed here for four days as the guest of Lawyer Bhate. The room, the items used by Swami Vivekanand is still preserved in here like the wooden stick, mirror hand stick etc and is maintained by Ramkrishna Mission Ashrama.
The said building was sold to the Belvi family in 1939, and in 1987 Balwant Belvi gifted a part of his portion of the building to the Ramkrishna Mission ashrama which is now run as Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Sevashrama.
Now Vidyadhar Belvi wants to sell his part of the portion of the building and a notice issued by Advocate Prabhu in a local news paper calls for any objections if any as his client wishes to demolish the current structure and build a new one.
The government on its own should take sumoto action and preserve this ancient heritage building so that the younger generations can know about the history of the nation.
The same building also hosted other noted dignitaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Nehru and Tilak who were here on various occasions.
This was the same time infact October 15 to 18 when the great man was here and we are reading about this news bite of the heritage building in which he resided for three days then will now be brought down to make way for a new tall building. Seems like another heritage building will be no more and the coming generations will never know where Swami Vivekananda had stayed when he had visited Belgaum.