[mpisgmedia] [Fwd: Re: [in-enaction] AKAA at Humayun's Tomb?]

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Subject: Re: [in-enaction] AKAA at Humayun's Tomb?
From: "Anand Bhatt." <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, November 23, 2004 9:51 pm
To: "Architexturez: News, Opinion and Debate concerning Habitat and
the Professions" <[email protected]>

Interesting choice of site, though. Chosen for symbolic reasons, I


... When the British reached the Red Fort, Bahadur Shah had already fled
to Humayun's tomb. The British had retaken the city...The British
proceded to loot and pillage the city... An example would be the loss of
most of the works of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, thought of as the
greatest south Asian poet of that era...The British arrested Bahadur Shah
later and the next day British officer William Hodson shot his sons Mirza
Moghul, Mirza Khizr Sultan, and Mirza Abu Bakr under his own authority.
Their heads were presented to their father the next day.



Bahadur Shah, disillusioned and tired of being manipulated by the sepoys,
had hidden a few miles north of the city in Emperor Homayun's tomb. This
was discovered by the intrepid but headstrong Major William Hodson, who
was famous along the Northwest Frontier as the leader of hard-riding
irregulars known as Hodson's Horse and who now managed intelligence for
the British at Delhi. With 50 of his men he set out on September 21 to
bring in the errant king.

Bahadur Shah had huddled inside the cloisters of the tomb while
thousands of his servants and well-wishers sullenly watched the
approaching British horsemen. The king knew that resistance on his part
would be pointless, and he accepted Hodson's promise that the major would
spare his life if he gave up quietly.

Followed by a vast entourage of Indians, Hodson led his captive back to
Delhi. Then, he and 100 of his irregular cavalrymen returned to
Homayun's tomb, this time to bring back the king's two sons and
grandson. Despite a mob of royal retainers and partisans, many of whom
were armed, Hodson was able to flush the young scions of the Mogul
dynasty from their hiding place. Hodson, surrounded by a hostile crowd,
did something that has ever since been criticized but may have saved his
life and those of his escort -- he raised his carbine and summarily
executed the three princes.

oh! well. carry on!

Gita Dewan Verma wrote:
> http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=107600
> (says "This weekend will see the environs at Humayun's
> Tomb come alive with an evening of history and
> architectural excellence. The tomb has been chosen as
> the venue for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for
> Architecture, 2004...)
> Anyone knows more? I cant find anything on AKAA home
> page http://www.akdn.org/agency/aktc_akaa.html
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