- Town:Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Year of creation:1834
- Rider(s):Munro, Thomas
(1761 –1827) Thomas Munro was one of the most popular British administrators in South India. Munro arrived in India as a soldier in 1789 and fought in the Anglo-Mysore Wars and later on in the Pindari War (1817). Munro was appointed Governor of Madras in 1820, and served till his death from cholera in 1827. Munro is credited with having introduced the Ryotwari System, one of the two main systems used to collect revenues from the cultivators of agricultural land and drafting an education policy. He supported a larger share for natives in the administration of India. During the 9th World Tamil Conference held in 2010, there were demands to remove the equestrian statue of Thomas Munro, evoking strong protests from conservationists. A plea against these plans ends with the following statement: “Rather than removing Munro, the state administration could think of translating his statements into Tamil and placing them around his statue. Successive generations can then know of the requisites of good administration and also realize that not all colonial masters were evil.” Though the government had arrived at a decision to remove the statue, called ‘The stirrup majesty’ as the statue shows him without saddle and stirrup, the decision has not yet been implemented.
- Sculptor(s):Chantrey, Francis
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