I-Day | Birthplace of Gandhi, Fatehpur Sikri: key sites for the tricolor hoisting | Latest India News

From the historic residence of Lucknow, site of key events during the Sepoy mutiny in 1857, to Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace in Porbander, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is preparing to raise the national flag at the sites of 150 of its monuments on Independence Day, officials said Saturday.

In addition, logistical work is also underway for the illumination of 150 monuments in a tricolor theme, which should start in a few days.

“Our national flag would be hoisted at ASI sites spanning the length and breadth of the country in the true spirit of India’s diversity and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. They will be hoisted at Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort in our circle of Agra. In Delhi, the tricolor will fly high over the ruins of Kotla Feroz Shah and Purana Qila,” a senior official told PTI.

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The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not on the list of monumental sites where the national flag would be raised on August 15, he said.

The main Independence Day celebrations take place each year at the Red Fort where the Prime Minister hoists the national flag on the ramparts of the Mughal-era monument. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi.

The national flag will be flown at 150 heritage sites across India on Independence Day to mark the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, an ASI official said on Thursday.

Freedom fighters and Padma winners will attend the programs and the flag-raising ceremony, he said.

The central government has launched a ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign in which people are encouraged to hoist the tricolor at home as part of 75 years of Indian independence.

Other sites where the tricolor would be hoisted include the British era residence in Lucknow, Faizabad’s Gulab Bari, Fort Vellore (Circle of Chennai), Fort Warangal (Circle of Hyderabad) and Fort, Chitradurga (Circle of Bangalore), the official said.

“Our national flag would also be flown at Gandhiji’s birthplace at Porbander in Gujarat, Akhnoor Fort, Ramnagar Palace, the iconic Thiksay Monastery in Leh, the site of Ajanta Ellora Caves, the Dholavira site from the Harappan era and several other monuments,” the official added.

Flags from those 150 sites would remain there beyond August 15, although it was not immediately decided whether they would become a permanent fixture, officials said.

Other sites include Daulatabad, Shergarh, Bhangarh, Jaisalmer Fort, Daman Fort, Diu Fort and Pavagarh.

Regarding the illumination of 150 monuments, the official said, trials are underway at newer sites.

Hundreds of monuments were lit up when India’s COVID-19 vaccination program passed the 100 crore milestone in doses administered, and that experience has come in handy, as we already know the exact pattern we need in befitting the architectural glory of the monument, the official added.

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For UNESCO World Heritage sites, there are area guidelines which are followed, sources said.

There are a total of 3,693 heritage sites in India protected by ASI.

Additionally, as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Union Ministry of Culture had announced free entry for visitors, both domestic and foreign, to all ASI-protected monuments and sites across the country from August 5 to 15.

Besides hoisting and lighting of the flag, 37 ASI circles will carry out different programs such as tree planting campaigns, school samvaads, lectures and sensitization of school children, as part of the celebrations.

As part of the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign, the government also urged people to take selfies or pin the location of a flag near a user, and upload it to its website.

Meanwhile, a platform named the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), in a series of tweets, expressed apprehensions about the potential data threat that uploading personal data to the website could cause.

“The @MinOfCultureGoI has launched the website http://harghartiranga.com allowing citizens to ‘pin’ a flag to their location to celebrate India’s 75th Independence. However, a look at the design of the site website and privacy policy raises some concerns,” the IFF said. tweeted.

He further tweeted: “We strongly believe that every Indian should be able to celebrate Independence Day without fear of potential infringement of their digital rights. We will be writing to @minofculturegoi regarding the poor design and privacy policy of the website.”