Not just admin, Bhanu Vankar’s self immolation stunned friends, colleagues
When Bhanu Vankar, a retired Talati and Ambedkarite, set himself on fire on Thursday, he not only caught the local administration and the police by surprise but even ended up stunning his own friends and acquaintances who knew him for more than two decades. A day after as Vankar, who suffered more than 80% burns, battles for life in the Apollo Hospital people who knew him cannot believe that a person so ‘sane’ could be part of this ‘insanity’.
“He, of all people, would know how slowly the things work in the government. He helped everyone and was passionate about the Dalit cause. I cannot believe that he did something so terrible to himself,” said Mithabhai Parmar, taluka panchayat chairman of the nyay samiti, who often interacted with Vankar on various issues.
“Perhaps, it was fate,” is all that Parmar is willing to speculate. Haribhai Parmar, another activist who knew Vankar for more than two decades said the incident has come as a shock to everyone.
“He was one of the most sensible and soft spoken man I knew. He came forward to help everyone and this was precisely why Ramabhai and Hemaben approached them for help in the land matter. No one …read more