Hon­our heroic six

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I HAVE to con­cur with Karinda Jag­mo­han in the Tri­bune Her­ald “Heroic Pa­da­vat­tan Six de­serve a me­mo­rial”.

It is im­por­tant to sup­port the Pa­da­vat­tan fam­ily for a me­mo­rial, which will serve as a plat­form to erad­i­cate re­li­gious and cul­tural di­vi­sion in our coun­try.

The his­toric 1917 res­cue mis­sion con­ducted by the Pa­da­vat­tan Six should be hon­oured by erect­ing a statue for these heroes. It is im­por­tant to pre­serve their his­tory and legacy. Af­ter a hun­dred years the In­dian com­mu­nity still re­mem­bers the Pa­da­vat­tan Six.

His­tory has many parts, and the past can­not and should not be wiped off. I am per­turbed and rather sad that Dur­ban, which has the largest con­cen­tra­tion of In­di­ans, has made no ef­fort in hav­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tion or erect­ing a statue. The au­thor­i­ties should also ap­ply their minds. We also have an 1860 mon­u­ment com­mit­tee, who should meet with com­mit­tee mem­ber Mor­gan Subra­ma­nian and the Pa­da­vat­tan fam­ily to dis­cuss the way for­ward.


The Pa­da­vat­tan Six, above, and the rag­ing flood­wa­ters they fought in or­der to res­cue more than 100 peo­ple.

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