Jallianwala Bagh Memorial renovation sparks criticism

The renovation of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial has taken the shape of a light-and-sound show, something that is totally inappropriate for a memorial that is meant to be sombre. Many commentators and Netizens are urging the Centre to rethink the styling and give the Memorial a sober feel, fitting its purpose of remembering the thousands who were killed by the Britishers in Amritsar way back in 1919.

Taking to Twitter, columnist Anurag Dixit wrote that the tacky neon lights should be left for rave parties and yuppie weddings. “Our religious and historical monuments carry profound heritage and these gimmicks only dilute them. Please sir avoid these things (sic),” he added, making a request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Historian Irfan Habib said that this is nothing but the corporatization of monuments. “How on earth can the music, lights and look of a memorial to one of the most horrific tragedies be made to sound and look like the celebratory finale of maybe Indian Idol?” asked an angry Sucheta Dalal.

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