The Commonwealth Games have led to a spurt of restoration work across the city. The latest is the 19th century Mutiny Memorial. This 33-meter high memorial is expected to attract a large number of visitors during the games. The structure of the memorial is sound. The restoration work mainly involves chemical cleaning to expose the original facade. Also, in the works a new lighting scheme and landscaping.
The Mutiny Memorial commemorates the role of officers and soldiers – British and Indian – of the Delhi Field Force who were killed in action during the 1857 uprising. Gothic influence is visible in the tapering tower design. There is a staircase inside that leads to the top.
Plaques around the tower mention the names and the ranks of soldiers. In 1972, in an exercise of ‘correcting’ history a new plaque was added. it says that the ‘enemies’ mentioned were actually the freedom fighters of India fighting against the repressive British rule. And what the British term a mutiny was actually India’s first war of independence.
(Photo Courtesy: Rebecca Brown)