Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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Should a political ruler be allowed to be wicked to an extent that he/she may be allowed to disturb heritage character of a public place? During my recent visit to Lucknow, I was shocked and surprised to find that grand stone-built building of UP state-assembly was now being covered with white paint destroying beauty of natural stone colour.

What more, huge spend of public funds at projects like Parivartan Chowk and Ambedkar Park remind of mughal-era when Aurangzeb had to put his own father Shahjahan under house-arrest to prevent royal treasure from being emptied in building-projects. Interestingly UP government has also followed Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah who ordered to build Bara Imambara in Lucknow in day-time, and its breaking in night to give employment to drought-affected people at that time. Here UP Chief Minister ordered breaking of the expansive structure and statues to be built again because earlier design etc could not match her expectations!

UP has another tradition that public-projects built at huge cost in regime of political rivals are not maintained. Lohia-path developed by SP government in regime of Mulayam Singh Yadav is such an example where even the side-lights to bifurcate two-wheelers and four-wheelers are found nowhere now. There is no end to putting costly statues of her favourites by Chief Minister Mayawati even including of herself. Even other states like Haryana and Tamilnadu have similar examples of statues put by political rulers for their respective mentors. There should be a rule that decision to put statues and naming of projects may be taken by consensus of Chief Minister and Opposition Leader.

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