Intach calls for Modi’s intervention to fix mistakes at Jallianwala memorial | Chandigarh News

Amritsar: The Punjab State Section of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) requested Prime Minister Narendra ModiJallianwala Bagh’s attention to the flaws and omissions of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. Intach said there were gaps in the memorial even after massive preservation. He added that the Prime Minister’s intervention was needed to correct the shortcomings.
Intach Punjab state official Prof Sukhdev Singh said one of their teams had visited the memorial and found gaps in the recently completed conservation work. He said they approached the prime minister as he was the ex officio chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust.
Speaking of shortcomings, he said that there were significant spelling errors and the use of incorrect words in the information text written in Punjabi on wall panels and signs.
Giving an example, Sukhdev said: “In the museum there is the account of the order of the British government of April 1919 requiring all who cross a street in Amritsar to crawl and be whipped. As people were whipped in the street, it is called “korian wali gali” (the street of flogging). In the museum, we read “kodian wali gali” (the street of shells). Those who wrote the text do not know the difference between flagellation and shells in Punjabi.
Intach also objected to the sides of the ‘shaheedi’ being surrounded by a sheet of glass on all sides, leaving only a little space above for people to throw banknotes and some coins. “Visitors throw coins as a sign of respect and devotion to the martyrs or as a donation for the upkeep of the memorial. There is no sign clearly indicating the purpose of such collection from visitors, nor a sealed donation box specified for it,” he said.
Some other errors include the alleged removal of a piece of stone which marked the position from which the British army fired on the Indians, and an incorrect depiction in the statue of Udham Singh.

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