• Statement on handing over Red Fort to Dalmia Bharat

    Press Release

    SAHMAT

    May 3, 2018

    The Indian people cherish their great heritage that exists in physical terms in its monuments as well as the huts and tools of ordinary men and women of the past. What remains from the past needs not only to be faithfully preserved, but also correctly interpreted.

    The present regime in power has an unsavoury past in regard to our heritage. It felt no compunction when its followers destroyed a 450 years old monument of architectural importance in 1992 just because it was a mosque. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has long been propagating the cause of declaring all major medieval monuments, including the Taj Mahal and Delhi’s Red Fort as Hindu structures.

    It is, therefore, right that people should be perturbed when it is announced that the safekeeping of the historic Red Fort of Delhi from which India’s independence was proclaimed by Jawaharlal Nehru on 15 August 1947, and has always been a symbol of modern Indian nationalism since 1857 is being entrusted to a cement company, Dalmia Bharat with no known credentials in the work of architectural preservation or in heritage-management. It has been announced that they are expected to “construct landscape”, etc., and also maintain an “interpretation centre”.

    It is surely a slur on the Archaeological Survey of India, the legal guardian of all monuments that it is held to be incapable of maintaining a major national monument like the Red Fort. But what is most troubling is the fear that a commercial company will try to cater to the kind of beliefs and prejudices the RSS and its followers represent in interpreting and then trifling with the structure of the Red Fort.

    It is, therefore, essential that the agreement between the Government and Dalmia Bharat be rescinded, and the Red Fort, as well as all our major monuments be duly protected and preserved solely by the Archaeological Survey of India, to which the duty is assigned by the Protected Monuments Act, 1958.

     

    Irfan Habib      

    Vivan Sundaram     

    Prabhat Patnaik

    Mushirul Hasan

    Mihir Bhattacharya

    Sashi Kumar

    Ram Rahman 

    Anil Bhatti

    Geeta Kapur   

    M. K. Raina

    Madangopal Singh

    Sohail Hashmi
    Anil Nauriya

    Arjun Dev

    B.P. Sahu

    D. N. Jha

    Iqtidar Alam Khan   

    K M Shrimali   

    Lata Singh

    Prabhat Shukla

    R. C. Thakran    

    Shireen Moosvi

    Suvira Jaiswal 

    Vishwamohan Jha    

    R. P. Bahuguna 

    Rajesh Singh    

    Kesavan Veluthat    

    A. K. Sinha

    Shalin Jain      

    H. C. Satyarthi

    V. Ramakrishna

    Ramakrishna Chatterjee  

    Arun Bandopadhyaya

    S. Z. H. Jafri      

    C. P. Chandrasekhar 

    Vikas Rawal   

    Indira Arjun Dev

    Zoya Hasan    

    C. P. Bhambri

    Kanishka Prasad

    Vartika Chaturvedi

    Abha Dev Habib

                         

    Rakesh Batabyal     

    Amiya Kumar Bagchi

    Rekha Awasthi

    Nadeem Rezavi

    M.M.P. Singh

    Ramesh Rawat

    Rajinder Arora

    Rajni Arora

    Amar Farooqui

    Aban Raza

    Badri Raina

    Sukumar Murlidharan

    Veer Munshi

    Anand K. Sahay

    Sukriti Ray

    Saba Hasan
    Raj Chauhan

    Santosh Rai

    Hitendra Patel

    V.N. Sinha

    J.N. Sinha

    O.P. Jaiswal

    Najaj Hyder

    C.P.N. Sinha

    Dayanand Rai

    H.C. Satyarthi

    S.S. Seshan

    B.N.P. Singh

    S.N.R. Rizvi

    Sushanto Das

    Sanjay Sharma

    K.L. Tuteja

    Nagenra Sharma

    Nalini Taneja

    Asad Zaidi

    Arun Mishra

    Ranbir Singh Dahiya

    Wazir Singh Ghanghas

    Sitaram Singh

    Himanshu Joshi

    Anil Kumar Singh

    Aditi Chowdhury

     

     

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    Manoj Kulkarni

    Durgaprasad Agrawal

    Prasanna Kumar

    Roger Alexander

    Abul Kalam Azad Pattanam

    Chaman Lal

    Estelle Pereira Desai

    Girish Shrivastava

    Naresh Prerna

    Bhavna Sharma

    Ranbir Sinh

    Smita Gupta

    Vinod Bhooshan Abrol

    Frans Manjali

    Alok Bajpai

    Alka Bajpai

    Salim Saboowalla

    Aftab Alam

    Subhabrato Roy

    Kiran Shaheen

    Rakhshanda Jalil

    Moin Sattar

    Bindu Batra

    Nicky Chandam

    Atika Gupta

    S. Kalidas

    Ankit Agrawal

    Kausar Wizarat

    Ved Dhingra

    Sudhanshi Vasudev

    Jai Wokhloo

    Raj Kumar

    Hamid Ali Khan

    Munesh Tyagi

    Manmohan

    Mathew Varghese

    Rashmi Doraiswamy

    Saumya Baijal

    Jawed Nehal

     Avik Bose   


     

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