in a 36Degrees Indian summer May 10th 2008, our faces were fanned by cool breezes,
encouraged by the Islamic technique cross ventilation through its 953 niches.
Marveling the majesty of this monument- even though it was supported on stilts
undergoing restoration- we imagined the pleasure of travelers who would enjoy
this incredible heritage site when it was unveiled.
But this was not meant to be!
PM, May 13th:- Seven Bombs ripped the city of Jaipur; five of them targeting
Hawa Mahal. Why? Terrorism has truly neither religion nor belief; the rational
behind this random act of terrorism remains unclear. The ongoing blame game
makes is political power play that fits bang with the agenda of the various
political groups vying for ‘the office chair’ in an election year.
A ploy to shatter the fragile peace between India, Bangladesh and Pakistan;
with officials finger pointing to Bangladesh-based Harkut-ul-Jehadi Islami;
but Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje states "We have got slender leads, but
not a definite lead in the case”. A group calling themselves Indian Mujahideen,
lays claim to this carnage through a video clip via email; but investigating
agencies doubt its genuineness –due to large discrepancies.
Acts of terrorism are born out of frustration, hatred for fellow human beings
and vindictiveness and carried out by misguided youth under the influence of
mindless, inhuman groups. India’s first loss is the death of 64 people
and personal injury of150 persons- a lot were children and women. But the destruction
of Hawa Mahal is the loss to the future generations of Indians.