The compound where British novelist George Orwell was born is now facing threat of being encroached upon by die-hard Mahatma Gandhi followers.
Fourteen years later, Orwell’s home became the place where Mahatma Gandhi’s resistance to British rule began.
Now, over a century later, the place is facing unlikely showdown between literary enthusiasts and die-hard Gandhians as competing bids are coming in to honour either of the town’s remarkable personalities.
Back in 2010, the state government had earmarked half of Orwell’s former colonial compound for an “Orwell Park” and the neighbouring plot to commemorate the independence movement.
According to The Telegraph the alleged encroachment came to light on June 25 when George Orwell Commemorative Committee gathered at the site to mark his 113th birth anniversary.
The Committee intermediately notified the authorities and on District Magistrate’s order halted the expansion. An inquiry has since then been called into the matter.