No matter who decides to adopt it, the Red Fort needs to be restored — to the people. Subsequent acts over the past decades in the name of conservation have reduced the historic value of the fort.
ASI’s record in protecting monuments is nothing to write home about. Corporates can, and should, contribute to conservation.
Narendra Modi led BJP government’s decision to sign an MoU with Balmis group to maintain Red Fort has not gone down well with the Opposition parties like Congress, which alleged that PM Modi was preparing to ‘mortgage’ India’s heritage to private corporate entities.
Heritage conservation is too serious an issue to be handed over to generalist bureaucrats and those out to sell everything to the highest bidder.
The initiative was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on September 27 last year. So far, 93 monuments have been identified by the Ministry of Tourism for this initiative.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked, “Is it not true that the private company will now issue tickets to see the Red Fort? Is it not true that if anyone wants to do any commercial activity there, or any function, the private party has to be paid…?”
“The Asad Burj is a tower inside Red Fort, occupied by the Army from the Independence till 2003. We are conserving the tower and doing some landscaping. It should be ready by August-September for the public,” said N K Pathak, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI (Delhi circle)
A number of Delhi-based businessmen have come forward to fund the Hindu ritual, aimed at “worship of the Vedas and the nation in the same breath”.
PM Modi Independence Day speech: The Prime Minister emphasised on his ideas and visions about the New India, about which he first talked about at his party headquarters following the BJP’s stunning election victory in state polls conducted in February-March.
Doordarshan will run the live telecast of the programmes from 6:30 am. Modi’s speech will be telecast both on television and on the internet. People can listen to the speech on the Doordarshan You Tube channel by clicking on http://www.youtube/DoordarshanNational.
The ‘Bharat Parv’ festival — showcasing cuisine and culture of different states of India — will be held from January 26 to January 29.
An Independence Day Speech is not a Report Card on Government; it is as, the Prime Minister put it, “a dawn of new dreams, and new resolve.” Nevertheless even dreams and resolve need to be credible.
PM Narendra Modi began his speech by talking about diversity and the need for continued unity in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra will address the nation from Red Fort today on the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day.
New body must encourage policy based on evidence, not intuition and ideology.