Vrindavan, 2017.06.29 (VT with reference to Hindustan News): Yesterday’s news about the broken stone tablet created quite a stir. The Vrindavan Research Institute (VRI) came forward yesterday with an offer to preserve the stone, which is inscribed with an British order from 1866 that bans hunting in Braj.
The Director of VRI, Mr. Satishchandra Dikshit showed up at the Addha Police Chowki yesterday with a team from the Institute. He spoke with the station in-charge Indrajeet Singh and explained the depth of the stone’s importance in Vrindavan’s history.
Police were overwhelmed when they learned of the stone’s significance. Together the police and the VRI team picked up the pieces of the stone and placed them carefully in the store room of the police station.
Mr. Dikshit explained that government permission will be needed before VRI can take posession of the stone and display it in their museum, which is located in the Raman Reti area of Vrindavan. The government is currently being notified of the stone’s importance and its current state.
VRI scholar Dr. Rajesh Sharma said that the stone’s inscription proves that the British government in Mathura understood and gave honor to Braj culture. They banned hunting not only for locals but for their own people as well.
Immense gratitude is due to the Vrindavan Research Institute and to Hindustan News for taking interest in this issue and breaking the story on Wednesday.