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Lalit Kala Akademi slips, celebrates Chandigarh’s foundation day on the day it became a UT

Amarjot Kaur
Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, November 2

Historical past in all probability repeats itself solely to show us classes we refuse to study and this one is about Chandigarh’s Basis Day.

A lot not too long ago, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi despatched out invitations for a 14-day images exhibition, titled ‘Chandigarh – Down the Reminiscence Lane’, to have fun town’s basis day from November 1 to 14 on the Sector 17 underpass.

I feel we have to sit and agree on the dates as to when there may be UT day and inaugural day. That’s brought about the confusion. I’ll inform the Chief Architect of UT to do one thing about it. Dharam Pal, UT Adviser

Nevertheless, after a radical digging, with some assist from The Press Reporter archives, related books, and a chat with architects, intellectuals, and activists of town, this correspondent arrived on the brink of building plain info: Chandigarh’s basis stone was by no means laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. On November 1, 1966, it was declared a Union Territory. It was formally inaugurated on October 7, 1953.

The guide, “Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret – The Indian Structure”, by Sarbjit Bahga and Surinder Bahga states: “The development of the Capital Undertaking began in 1951, and town was inaugurated by Dr Rajendra Prasad, the primary President of India, on October 7, 1953. Political exigencies in 1966 led to the additional division of Punjab and the brand new state of Haryana was carved out of it. At current, as an interim association, Chandigarh continues to perform because the capital of each states”.

On April 5, 2002, The Press Reporter printed an investigative report headlined ‘Inventing an Occasion’ after a paper reported that the muse stone of Chandigarh was laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on April 2, 1952, and that the UT Administration had forgotten to ‘have fun the golden jubilee of town’. The Press Reporter report quoted MN Sharma, a former Chief Architect of Chandigarh, and an in depth affiliate of Le Corbusier, the French architect who deliberate town, saying, “I’ve been related to varied actions, features, and ceremonies with regard to Chandigarh proper from the start and I don’t recall Pandit Nehru ever laying the muse stone of Chandigarh…”

The report additionally mentions {that a} memorial was constructed to commemorate Nehru’s go to. “The dice was designed by me and it’s nonetheless there for all to see,” Sharma informed The Press Reporter. On the facet of the dice is inscribed: “This monument was devoted to the reminiscence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, 1989, in his delivery centenary 12 months.”

Activist RK Garg, president of Second Innings Affiliation, has now written to the UT authorities concerning the goof-up whereas citing the dates talked about on the UT web site. He requested: “Is the administration attempting to rewrite the historical past of Chandigarh or they haven’t verified the info out there with them earlier than greeting the individuals on November 1, saying it a Basis Day of Chandigarh? How come Chandigarh was based on November 1, 1966, when it was fashioned a UT solely and the way come after 70 years of its existence all are greeting on its fifty fifth day of being UT as its birthday?”

“Chandigarh was declared a Union Territory on 1st November 1966. It was only a political association, and thus November 1 can’t be handled as Basis Day of Chandigarh by any stretch of the creativeness. Due to the above, both the date on which the development of Chandigarh began in 1951 or the date of the inauguration on seventh October 1953 must be celebrated because the Basis Day of Chandigarh,” stated architect and writer Sarbjit Bahga.

Shilpa Das, practising architect and convener of dialogue Means of Chandigarh, stated, “The reorganisation of Punjab made Chandigarh a UT that was a brief measure. Non-resolution of the very important difficulty with states led to this stalemate the place the UT is the largest loser, as its city kind was completely impacted and it couldn’t develop and develop as was meant. Presently, all infrastructure-related problems with the UT, particularly visitors can solely be resolved in coordination with Punjab and Haryana. So November 1, 1966, is definitely a reminder of the start of an enormous disaster for town, that has stored its future on maintain.”

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