Picture of semi-naked ladies in Jallianwala Bagh gallery riles many

Amritsar, July 19

An issue has erupted over the position of an image of two semi-naked ladies hanging completely different poses—much like these depicted in Ajanta and Ellora caves—at an upcoming renovated picture gallery on the Jallianwala Bagh amid portraits of nationwide heroes and first Sikh grasp, Guru Nanak Dev.

The International Sarv Kamboj Samaj has lodged a powerful protest with Prime Minister Narendra Modi—who’s the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust President—and demanded the elimination of the offending image from the nationwide memorial to the Indian freedom wrestle.

The Jallianwala Bagh advanced is presently present process an enormous makeover on this historic metropolis of Punjab. Authorities say the renovation/restoration started on February 15 underneath the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India and can reopen to the general public from July 31.

The Centre has allotted Rs 20 crore within the first part via the Ministry of Culture.

The renovation work is supervised by BJP member of Parliament Shwait Malik, who can also be a trustee of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust. He final visited the galley on July 17.

“The Jallianwala Bagh is no less than a pilgrimage centre for every Indian. Hundreds of people, comprising schoolchildren and families, visit it every day to pay respect to those who sacrificed their lives for the country,” International Sarv Kamboj Samaj President Bobby Kamboj informed IANS.

He stated it was a “shame for us when we came to know on Saturday that authorities had put on display the picture of semi-nude women in the gallery, which houses a collection of portraits and paintings of national heroes and Sikh gurus”.

He stated the martyrs have been “insulted” by such show of an offensive image within the gallery.

In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, he stated the belief had additionally insulted the martyrs by establishing a ticket window proper in entrance of the statue of Shaheed Udham Singh on the essential entrance. It demanded the shifting of the ticket window as effectively.

The objectionable image is positioned near a portrait of Sikh monarch, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, also called Sher-e-Punjab (Lion of Punjab) for his bravery and one of the revered heroes in Indian historical past.

A big portrait of Guru Nanak Dev is put in on the best aspect of that image.

A giant statue of Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, who had the excellence of consolidating the Sikh rule in India in 1711, has additionally been arrange within the gallery together with depiction of wonderful contribution of ‘Gadri Babas’ (revolutionary fighters) within the nationwide freedom wrestle.

“I have no information about the installation of the picture of two semi-naked women in the gallery,” trustee Malik informed the media on Saturday.

In truth, he was caught on digital camera whereas standing in entrance of the offensive image throughout his final go to to the gallery.

“I will inquire (about the semi-naked picture) and only then comment,” he added.

Located within the neighborhood of the Golden Temple advanced, the Jallianwala Bagh witnessed one of many bloodiest bloodbath of the pre Independence period when at the least 379 civilians had been gunned down on April 13, 1919, by British India Army on the orders of Acting Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer. Over 1,000 others had been injured. The incident catalysed the Indians’ wrestle for freedom.

Under renovation is an previous effectively—the martyrs’ effectively—inside the park, which is a silent witness to the brutal killings on April 13, 1919. It goes to be put underneath a dome-shaped see-through fibre-glass cover. IANS

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