Date: 19 Oct 2012


Monumental makeover. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Delhi a Muslim city. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Some select monuments in Delhi are getting a makeover yet again. All the 16 selected are Islamic. Most of them are tombs of unknown, unidentified persons and the rest are mosques and doors. Anything getting old cannot be of value archaeologically. Almost every few feet, we have a tomb in Delhi and they hardly have any architectural significance. While on the one hand the Archaeological Survey of India is struggling to safeguard the protected monuments, the list of Islamic monuments is going on increasing. The ASI has failed miserably in stopping Muslims from offering prayers at the various tombs in the city. Only recently Ghulam Nabi Azad, a central minister, broke the law by participating in prayers at Safdarjung Tomb, though he was informed that he was breaking law. The Muslim community leaders have for long been claiming that any property with Islamic connection should be handed over to them. The Sheila Dikshit government seems to be only helping their cause by raising to the stature of ‘monuments’ the so-called tombs strewn in the city. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Organiser-India. Oct.17, 2012. ============================================ 000000000