Statues do not offer opportunity for nuanced debate
Statues cannot offer a nuanced examination of the past. They are an artwork intended to venerate. We cannot choose simply to re-imagine which aspects of a person's life these monuments celebrate. Their value in public life also makes this clear - they are decorative. Any exercise in changing their role is therefore futile as long as they remain on our streets, honouring those that built their fortunes on decimating others. It is far easier to remove these figures than expect a politicised shift in the national psyche. One which many groups will never accept. Proponents of this group include Metro journalist Namitha Aravind.