Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

DU student starts campaign to save Mughal era monument, Zafar Mahal

Narada Desk | May 24, 2016 7:50 pm Print
A Delhi University student showed interest in saving a Mughal based monument when it soon turned out to be a campaign with students and other people joining in to transform it into a bigger campaign with the involvement of entities associated to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Zafar Mahal, which was built first by Akbar Shah II in the 18th century and the entrance gate that was reconstructed in the 19th century by Bahadur Shah Zafar II, popularly known as “Zafar” meaning ‘Victory'.

The young blood of the Indian Capital is set on a mission to preserve the Mughal era based moument, Zafar Mahal. To initiate the talks, this 20 year old Delhi University (DU) student has established a campaign aiming to create awareness about the illegal construction of a building that is using the wall of Zahar Mahal. Rupali Rakheja,who is the founder of the campaign, says, “We started the campaign ‘I Stand For Zafar Mahal’ to tell people about the encroachment on Zafar Mahal. The campaign is both online and offline. A building is being constructed using a wall of the monument. This is illegal because any sort of construction within 100 metres of a monument is prohibited.”
The start of the campaign took place on May 13th, which has so far managed to gather around 30 members and has received support from around 150 people already. Rakheja says, “There are some heritage activists who have joined us in the campaign. We’re trying to get help from Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) as well. People have been very supportive, even strangers have offered their help.”
With conversation heading to the initiation of the campaign she had to say, “Zafar Mahal is a summer palace and is the last Mughal monument to be built in the Capital. The monument is one of its kind and not only is it in a bad shape already, but now it is being encroached upon. It is our duty to preserve historical monuments because they connect us to our heritage.”
It is surely conveyed the intention of the implementation of this move from the student/students believing in a cause they look up to stand for by stating the importance of this last Mughal Architectural piece and how it describes the fall of an era and how historically important this piece of art work is.