Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Why is airpoet using Delhi's Jama Masjid pic to celebrate our world heritage tag?

Ahmedabad continues to revel in its prestigious World Heritage status with the State government planning a gamut of events to celebrate the UNESCO honour. Even Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport wears a 'heritage' look these days — the walls are adorned with a collage of pictures celebrating this 600-year-old city. Except one picture. The Jama Masjid you see in the collage at the departure terminal is the one in Delhi, not Ahmedabad. What makes the goof-up more embarrassing for Amdavadis who wear their pride on their sleeve is that the city had pipped Delhi to clinch the coveted status.
Despite having monuments that stand as a hallmark of India's colonial legacy, Delhi lost out to Ahmedabad as Indian contender for the World Heritage tag. Finally, on July 8, our city became the first Indian city to be accorded the UNESCO status. And the airport decided to celebrate the same by decorating the walls of the terminals with picture-collage panels. The collages captures the quintessential Amdavadi spirit and the harmonious co-existence of Hindu, Islamic and Jain communities through photographs of its festivals and religious places.
However, one of the pictures in the collage that shows Muslims offering prayers is that of the Jama Masjid in Delhi. Built during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the 16th century mosque is made out red sandstone and marble. The yellow sandstone Jama mosque at Ahmedabad, near Teen Darwaza, was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423 AD. The blooper, say Amdavadis, needs to be rectified at the earliest as Ahmedabad airport sees a footfall of 13,500 passengers every day. Debashish Nayak, director of the Centre for Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University, said, "I too heard about the issue, but I have not seen the collage myself.
02/08/17 Alok Brahmbhatt/Ahmedabad Mirror