The Mutiny Memorial – a haunting story rewritten

The Mutiny Memorial – a haunting story rewritten

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In front of the Old Telegraph Building in Kashmere Gate amongst the green ridge, often proclaimed to be the lungs of North Delhi, the Mutiny Memorial stands tall with stories to tell. It is one of the many forgotten monuments of Delhi. Built in red sandstone, what gives uniqueness to this hauntingly beautiful structure is its architectural design in Gothic style. It was built by the British in 1863 in the memory the people who had fought in the Delhi Field Force, both British and India, during the rebellion of 1857, which is often claimed to be the first struggle against British rule in the country. However, the Indian soldiers were referred to as ‘enemy’ on the memorial by the British, which was rectified by the Government of India, quite smartly one would say, by renaming the monument ‘Ajitgarh’ which translates into ‘Place of the Unvanquished’. They also put up a plaque saying that the ‘enemy’ were ‘immortal martyrs of Indian freedom’.

Surrounded by greenery, the memorial offers seclusion and peace for those who come seeking for it. It also speaks of stories that are unheard of. Its solid construction stands as perfectly today as it did when it was built. It is recommended as a great, isolated yet appealing visiting place for the wanderers and surfers whose thirst for places is not quenched by the mainstream history.

 

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