|The Mutiny Memorial in 1870, Delhi. en.wikipedia.org|
The Mutiny, now referred to as the great rebellion of 1957 by the Sepoys against the East India company's unjust and oppressive rule is the most important event in the history of the British colonial rule in India. It took a while for the British to control the rebellion that started off at Meerut Cantonment and had engulfed most of the northern Indian states. Tens of thousands of Indian soldiers and civilians were killed by the British and like wise lots of British including women and children fell victims to the frenzied Indian mobs that were on a rampage spree, resulting in chaos and mayhem. In the aftermath of this wide-spread rebellion against the foreign rule, East India Company's corrupt and misrule came to an end and the subcontinent's administration came under the direct Crown rule later called the ''British Raj''. In New Delhi, there is memorial to the victims in front of the Old Telegraph Building, Kashmiri Gate, now known as Ajitgarh. It is a historical monuments one of the tallest in the capital.
Built in 1863 in the Gothic style in red sandstone, with four tiers rising from an octagonal base, this memorial is meant for all those who had fought in the Delhi Field Force, British and Indians, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. They lost their lives between May/June and September as part of Delhi Field Force. The lowest tier consists of seven faces containing memorial plaques and one face has the stairway to the upper tiers. The then Public Works Department of the British India government bore all the construction cost and erected this memorial. The memorial was designed to be taller than the near-by Ashoka Pillar, which is just 200 metres (660 ft) away. Anyway its present height is 33 meters. Upon the completion of this memorials, it received much criticism from the public.
|Mutiny Memorial in 2012 en.wikipedia.org|
In 2910 for the first time chemical cleaning was done with a view to installing illumination work. Chemical cleaning will improve the shine in the facade according to the ASI. The conservation work was done by Intach's Delhi chapter and they took meticulous care not to damage the heritage value of the old structure that was structurally strong. Non-acidic detergent is used as a cleaning agent and every inch of the surface is covered. It is a time-consuming job as the chemical will act as a binding agent on the surface and improve its strength and ageing process.