HISTORICAL HERITAGE MUST BE PRESERVED: HOME MINISTER
STATUE OF SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ CHAUHAN
Minister Shri Lal Krishna Advani said that international community
has realized that pressure should be exerted on Pakistan to put
a stop on the export of terrorism to India. He further stated
that "from Agra to Almaty", the world opinion has undergone
a sea change in Indiaís favour and that Pakistan is now being
asked to stop training and sending militants to India.
Shri Advani was speaking here today after inaugurating the Qila
Rai Pithora Conservation Complex and unveiling the statue of Samrat
Prithviraj Chauhan. Emphasizing the need for preserving our cultural
and historical heritage, Shri Advani observed that we would truly
honour the memory of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan if not only the
brave soldiers but all citizens of India would embrace the qualities
of bravery and sacrifice of Prithviraj Chauhan.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Urban Development and
Poverty Alleviation, Shri Ananth Kumar emphasized the need for
preserving, protecting and strengthening our architectural and
cultural legacy. Stating that by building memorials and cultural
complexes in honour of our national heroes, the Minister pointed
out that we would be able to keep the memories of our national
and historical figures alive which would also serve to inspire
many generations to come. Observing that the development of Qila
Rai Pithora Conservation Complex is an effort to unearth history,
he said that the cultural complexes like these would also help
in keeping our environment clean and green.
Shri Ananth Kumar also announced on this occasion that a cultural
complex and information center would be developed in memory of
Maharaja Surajmal in Delhi. He further stated that a subway costing
about Rs. 2 crore would be constructed to provide better connectivity
to Press Enclave area of South Delhi.
Addressing the gathering, Minister for Culture and Tourism Shri
Jagmohan said that cultural complexes in memory of our national
and historical heroes would be developed not only in Delhi but
also all over the country. This would help in weaving history
and heritage with the present and it would also create center
of recreation for residents staying close to the complexes. Shri
Jagmohan stressed that the best way to honour the memories of
our national heroes would be to translate into reality the ideals
and ethos espoused by them.
In his welcome address, Lt. Governor of Delhi Shri Vijay Kapoor
said that Qila Rai Pithora wall is an important historical and
heritage site in Delhi which was lying in utter neglect till few
years back and an unauthorized dairy was functioning from the
area. In 1999, Delhi Development Authority undertook the development
work of the Conservation Complex to highlight the heritage wall
of Prithviraj Chauhanís Qila Rai Pithora, he said.
Those who were present on the occasion include Dr. Sahib Singh,
Member of Parliament, Shri Rasa Singh Rawat, Member of Parliament
and Shri Ram Sutar, renowned sculptor who sculpted the statue
of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan for the Complex.