Monday, 25th June, 2018

Monument given new colour

12, May 2018 By shakeel ahmad

An Ayodhya-type situation lurks in South Delhi village. When Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia turned out to be a little sterner in the medieval-era tomb matter, the ground reality has surfaced. It might be referred to the Religious Committee of the Delhi government’s Home Department.

The sheer reality comes to the fore without any disagreement. The harm has certainly been caused to the 15th-century tomb which has existed in Safdarganj’s Humayunpur village. This tomb has even got a mention in a rare book of the historical value. How has a tomb converted into a temple is a case of pure analysis? However, the list of monuments prepared by Maulvi Zafar Hasan for ASI has listed it as the monument no 335.

Somewhat latest version of the Ayodhya-type situation appeared to have happened in South Delhi. Whatever reports indicate is clear enough to admit of something incorrect considered in March this year. Something really communal is happening to mainstream secular culture.

A small domed tomb of the Tughlaq-era has turned into a Shiva temple with idols placed inside in the month of March. Even the colour of the monument was also changed into white and saffron with a view to giving it a complete transformation.

One cannot paint, draw or whitewash any wall in and around the monument and also cannot hamper or spoil the originality of the monument, states categorically the Citizen Charter of the department of archaeology. Therefore its transformation is a complete violation of the Charter.

Turning a monument into a religious structure is a land grab issue, as has been put in plain words. But how can it be resolved? It is not supposed to be only one case of its kind. The AAP leader’s keen interest brought the truth in a state-notified heritage structure at last.