Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-05-09 13:29 London: With Lambeth Council officially giving a nod for Basava Jayanti, 882nd birth anniversary of social reformer Basaveshwara was celebrated in London by The Basaveshwara Foundation UK. This is was the first time, Basava jayanti was being celebrated on the British soil. It may be recalled here that the statue of 12th century Indian Philosopher and social reformer was erected along the bank of the river Thames in London last year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statute of Basaveshwara on last November. Recognizing Basaveshwara’s role in promoting democratic ideals, gender equality and his fight against caste discrimination, the British government approved the statue in the vicinity of British Parliament. It is the first statue of any Indian philosopher approved by the British government. On Basava Jayanti, Modi Yoga guru Dr HR Nagendra and state Minister for Social Welfare H Anjeyena were the special guests. Former Mayor of The London Borough of Lambeth Dr Neeraj Patil, Rt Hon Keith Vaz, the longest serving MP of Great Britain and the Editor of Gujarat Samachar CB Patel were present. At the event, money raised in support of the distressed farmers of Karnataka and was presented to the Karnataka Chief Minister’s relief fund.