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Published in the 16-31 March 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Legacy of Mughal era rots

The Milli Gazette Online

New Delhi: The mausoleum of Ghaziuddin Khan, an influential courtier of Mughal Emperor Aurangeb, is in a pathetic state. The tomb situated in a corner of the 312 year-old Anglo-Arabic Higher Secondary School, Ajmeri Gate, Old Delhi is falling apart. The madrasa was built by him. 

The tomb was once a beautiful mausoleum made of marble, enclosed by fawn-coloured sandstone screen carved with floral designs. The grandeur of the enclosure has waned because it has been cracked. A rusting iron gate and a weather-beaten blue board have been put there by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). An ASI attendant is posted there who knows nothing about the grave. There is not a single board there listing some basic facts about the graves inside as seen in the case of other protected monuments. The marble floor has been broken. Carved portions of the sandstone walls have worn out and parts of the pillars have fallen off. The graves too are a sight of neglect. The deterioration is evident from a heap of sandstone and marble pieces piled up at one corner of the enclosure. This is not debris, but pieces of stones, carved portions of the walls and pillars that have fallen over a period of time.

The teachers of the school said that except the presence of the ASI monument attendant, the ASI have done nothing to restore the mausoleum.

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