Orwell Bust


To Orwell Today,


I am Debapriya Mookherjee, Chairman of the George Orwell Commemorative Committee, Rotary, Motihari Lake Town.

You know I am working for the renovation and awareness of the birth place of the Writer for the last seven years.

The recent development is:

- We have installed a Bust of the Writer just in front of his birth place which was unveiled by Mr. Vivek Singh, Secretary of Art & Culture, Gov't of Bihar

- followed by a Seminar "Millennium Writer".

Mr. Singh announced the Bihar Government's willingness to protect & all-over develop this Birth Place.

Orwell Bust Group

It was a very successful programme. Photos are attached. I am in extreme right.

-Debapriya Mookherjee

Greetings Debapriya,

Wow, the surprises from Motihari, where Orwell was born, just keep coming!

It was just last month that the world heard the wonderful news that the government of Bihar was going to be giving Orwell's birth place protected status and develop it as a museum and tourist attraction. I shared the news on ORWELL TODAY and compiled it in the essay: INDIA PROTECTS ORWELL BIRTHPLACE.

India gov't saving Orwell's birthplace from decay
(dedicated fan Jackie Jura runs ORWELL TODAY website)
Orwell BBC
George Orwell & India
("I am Indian and was born there")
Orwell birthplace to be restored
(priority to protect it followed by renovation)
Orwell birthplace saved from becoming animal farm
(funds being raised to restore Orwell house in Bihar)
Orwell's birthplace aims to attract tourists
(Jackie Jura at ORWELL TODAY thrilled gov't will restore)
India declares Orwell birth house protected
(plan to develop building & site in Motihari)
AFP/Blog/NYT/Times/Telegraph, Dec 27-31, 2009

It was such a great way to end the year - and start the new one.

For six years now it's been a hope of mine and Nasir Abid's (and many others) that the house Eric Blair was born in would become a SHRINE TO ORWELL.

And from the very beginning I remember hearing your name - "Debapriya Mookherjee" - in relation to the Rotary initiating the project. It was your Motihari Rotary that erected the plaque in front of Orwell's birth house on the 55th anniversary of his death, January 21, 2005.


Then, a couple years ago, in March 2008, a reader - Clive Collins and his wife Monica - travelled to Motihari and sent back photos of the house and the plaque, and they met with you while there. See VISITING ORWELL'S BIRTH PLACE.

And then this past June 25th, 2009 - on Orwell's 106th birthday - a Motiharian, Chandreshwar Dubey, held a homage there with cake and flowers and speeches.

Then, seemingly, things died down and myself and Clive Collins were commiserating with each other, wondering if anything further was ever going to happen regarding the refurbishment of the house - let alone a STATUE being erected.

Then out of the blue, just after Christmas, came the earth-shattering news about the Bihar government stepping in to rescue Orwell's house and property.

But who would ever have imagined it would all happen so fast - and that a statue was in the works! I had no idea one was being created.

I notice, in reading the dedication on the statue, that the date of the unveiling was symbolically January 21st, 2010 - the 60th anniversary of Orwell's death.

Orwell Bust

The bust does have a likeness to Orwell, with a bit of an Indian look in his face. And it's very statuesquely placed on the tall plaque beneath - tall and thin, like Orwell.

Now India is the FIRST to honour the Great Writer in this way. How proud you must be of this accomplishment.

Thank you India for erecting a statue of George Orwell - a man who has made you proud and who - in spirit - is no doubt proud of you.

All the best,
Jackie Jura










Orwell birthplace to be restored (priority to protect it followed by renovation). NewYorkTimes, Dec 31, 2009

Orwell's birthplace aims to attract tourists (funds being raised for Orwell museum in Bihar). UK Telegraph, Dec 28, 2009

George Orwell & India ("I am an Indian and was born there"). Maddy's Ramblings

India gov't saving Orwell's birthplace from decay (Orwell had India in his blood). AFP, Dec 29, 2009

George Orwell birthplace is saved from becoming an animal farm (British enthusiast's photos on Orwell Today website), The Times, Dec 29, 2009

Orwell's birthplace aims to attract tourists (funds being raised for Orwell museum in Bihar). UK Telegraph, Dec 28, 2009

Govt declares Orwell's house in Bihar as protected site. Press Trust of India, Dec 28, 2009 - Patna: In good news for fans of George Orwell, the author of one of last century's best dystopian novels '1984' and 'Animal Farm', Bihar government in eastern India has decided to declare the house in which he was born as a 'Protected Site'....The matter was brought to Singh's notice by locals of Motihari who wanted Orwell's birth place to be protected.)

India declares Orwell birth house protected (plan to develop building & site in Motihari). Calcutta Telegraph, Dec 27, 2009

Clive is planning another trip to India and wonders about progress on the renovation of Orwell's bungalow in Motihari, Bihar

Chandreshwar visited Orwell's birthplace in Motihari on Orwell's 106th birthday

Reader Amit is from Motihari - Orwell's birthplace - and wants to be a part of efforts to develop it as a shrine and tourist attraction

LONDON BANKER BEHIND BIHAR (Reader Manish is keen to help refurbish and develop Eric's birthplace as a tourist destination)

British couple wants to renovate Orwell’s Bihar house. Thai-Indian News, Apr 25th, 2008
Patna - ...London-based retired English professor Clive Collins and his wife Monica Collins have written to the district magistrate in Motihari as well as the local Rotary Club, offering help...."Moved by reports of Orwell's dilapidated house, the British couple has decided to renovate it and develop it as a tourist spot," Debapriya Mukherjee, district chairman of the Rotary Club, told IANS on phone. The couple has also assured the Rotary Club that they will launch a campaign to spread awareness about Orwell and his works in Britain, Mukherjee added. About four years ago the Heritage Foundation of India announced that it would renovate Orwell's house. However, no progress was made.)


Reader Clive is going to India in March 2008 and plans to visit Motihari and the house where Orwell was born

Nasir suggests readers send in suggestions for the Motihari Orwell project

ORWELL'S MOTIHARI NEIGHBOUR (sends news about Orwell's birth place)

MOTIHARI MUSEUM MUSINGS ("...We have initiated a movement to restore Orwell's Motihari home," Rotarian Debapriya Mookherjee said, adding that they were planning "a plaque outside the house with the writer's life history, a museum and a library with Orwell's works and the restoration of his house to its original grandeur" from article in London Times of India and Makeover of Orwell's Home in BBC, Aug 23, 2005)

Shashi from Motihari wants to make a documentary film on Orwell

ORWELL MUSEUM A HAPPENING (Nasir sends news that Orwell Museum in Motihari is being funded 5-million rupees by the Heritage Foundation of India from article Homage to Orwell: India's opium state plans park at author's 'home'. The Independent, Jun 29, 2005

Nasir sends information from Mr Mookerjee on how to get to Motihari and where people can stay when they get there

Nasir is receiving no response for fund-raising plans to restore Orwell's house in India

Nasir suggests fund-raising toward restoration of Orwell's house in commemoration of his birthday on June 25th

Nasir wonders about my great-grandparents being buried in India

ORWELL MOTIHARI MUSEUM PROGRESS (...Maybe in the future a wealthy philanthropist with a vision of freedom for mankind will donate the money required to fix up the house of Orwell's birth. And it would be a good idea if the government of India took some pride in being the birthland of England's greatest writer of the 20th century and donated the house for purposes of being restored and made into a museum and shrine. No doubt an alternative house could be found for the school teacher who is presently living there.... Nasir sends updates on progress of the Orwell museum & accommodations in Patna and the article All's Not Well With Orwell's House. Telegraph, Nov 14 2004)

Caroline is updating the Bihar chapter of Rough Guide to India & needs info on Orwell Museum & accommodation in Motihari

Nasir sends Merry and Happy wishes to Orwell devotees

ORWELL MUSEUM IN INDIA (Nasir says Motihari is restoring Orwell's birth house into a museum from article in London Telegraph, Oct 28, 2004)

INDIA, ORWELL, JFK & CHINA (Nasir and Jackie discuss Orwell's job offer at Lucknow Pioneer and pick bones about India & China)

SHRINE TO ORWELL (Nasir says the house that Eric Arthur Blair was born in still exsists and can be restored and made into a shrine to Orwell. It is in the town of Motihari in present day Bihar)

BOOKLOVERS' CORNER (...After getting off the underground we strolled leisurely down the High Street of Hampstead which is a very trendy area full of unique shops and cafes and interesting-looking flats and houses. Zoe noticed in the A to Z that a nearby park had a statue of Karl Marx "if we wanted to go and see". I almost choked on my ice-cream cone and told her I'd much prefer going to see a statue of George Orwell - one of England's greatest writers - than of an author no one's read but everyone talks about, and who was the figurehead of a political system Orwell spent the last fifteen years of his life actively opposing. But to this date there are no statues of Orwell...)



ORWELL'S REFLECTIONS ON GANDHI, 1949 (wrote admiringly of Indian independence leader; "but sainthood a thing human beings must avoid")


Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

email: orwelltoday@gmail.com
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