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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban

‘The greatest set of government buildings in the world’ … Parliament House, New Delhi, in 2019. Photograph: STR/EPA
‘Ɖ gretist set v guvnmntbildñz in ɖ wrld’ … Parḷmnthǎs, Ny Déli, in 2019. Foṭgraf: STR/YPA

Modi’z bldozñ v parḷmnt śoz him az ɖ arc̣tect v a Hindu Taḷban

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 4 June 2021)

Flaṭnñ ɖ mjestic Mrgl-inspîrd bildñz z ɖ lêtist stej in a hetfl, vaṇti-fyld campen t di-Izlaṃfî India

Anish Kapoor

Aniś C’pur, 4 Jūn 2021

At ɖ hart v Ny Déli, ɖ capitl v India, sits a Mūgl-inspîrd mońmnt ɖt hǎzz ɖ sīt v ɖ Indịn parḷmnt. Bilt bî ɖ Britiś arc̣tect Edwin Lućnz btwn 1911 n 1931, ɖ parḷmntbildñz n ɖer grand rodwez n wōtrćanlz folo ɖ form istabliśt bî ɖ Izlamic rūlrz v Iran n ilaḅretd bî ɖ Izlamic sulṭnet v Saṃcand n ɖ Mūgl rūlrz v India.

Lućnz dzînd phps ɖ most importnt Izlamic-inspîrd eḍfis v modn tîmz. Ɖ bildñz qot arc̣tecćṛl embḷmz fṛm Hindu tmplz n paḷsz, bt ɖ grand plan foloz ɖ dzîn v Mūgl-Izlamic lanscep wɖ a lît nod t Romn trîumḟlizm. It z, in mî vy, ɖ gretist set v guvnmntbildñz enẃr in ɖ wrld.

Unṣprîzñli, ɖ Izlamic oṛjin v ɖz bildñz ofndz ɖ cuṛnt reźīm in Déli. It z ẃ ɖ tîṛnt Modi n hiz hnćṃn r dstroyñ it. Az I rait, ɖ dstrux́n z undr we. It z an aboṃneśn ɖt Modi’z het-fild campen t di-Izlaṃfî India z alaud t cntiny via ɖ dstrux́n v a wrld-clas mońmnt. Astoṇśñli, ɖ YN heṛtijfoṛm z sîḷnt n wrld heṛtijbodiz hv cept ɖer mǎɖz frmli clozd. R ɖe afreid v Modi, or d ɖe nt cer ẃt hapnz in India?

The new Indian Parliament House construction site in 2020. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
Ɖ ny Indịn Parḷmnthǎs cnstrux́nsait in 2020. Foṭgraf: Jewel Samad/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Modi hz apôntd ʈrd-ret Bimal Ptel az hiz arc̣tect. Ptel wl dzîn its rplesmnt mć in ɖ we ɖt Albert Speer foloud hiz Führer’z līd, bt, v cors, Ptel dz nt hv an îota v Speer’z taḷnt.

Ɖs îdịlojicli drivn, het-fild dstrux́n foloz ɖ deṃliśn v ɖ Babri Masjid in Îodia in 1992 n ɖ vanḍlizm v Izlamic n Mūgl mońmnts ol ovr India. Modi apirz t wont nʈñ les ɖn ɖ obliṭreśn v ol ɖ Izlamic mońmnts v India n ɖ rmuvl v ɖ 200 miłn Indịn Mŭzlimz. Let s nt fget ɖt h hz olrdi forṣbli tecn awe Indịn sitiznśp fṛm mni miłnz v Indịn Mŭzlimz n rendrd ɖm stetlis – a crîm fr ẃć h hz nt bn bròt t bc, īvn ɖo India z a sigṇtri t ɖ YN decḷreśn v hymn rîts, v ẃć sitiznśp z a sntṛl tenit.

Ɖ pritns ɖt ɖ dstrux́n v ɖs grand vista z jusṭfaid bî a lac v spes fr parḷmnt z flimzi. Ɖ Naśnl Ḿziym v India, ẃć z hǎzd in wn v ɖ bildñz t b dmoliśt, z t b muvd t a spes inadiqt fr its marvḷs c’lex́nz, ptñ at risc mni invałbl n frajîl wrcs v art. Ol ɖs wl b dn at brecnec spīd in ordr t hv ɖ wrc finiśt bfr ɖ end v Modi’z trm in ofis. Ɖ Indịn corts hv bn preśrd t aqies t ɖs idiotic scīm, n jrṇlists n uɖr comntetrz hv bn intiṃdetd.

The monumental statue of Vallabhbhai Patel is four times taller than the Statue of Liberty. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
Ɖ mońmntl staću v Vaḷbî Ptel z for tîmz tōlr ɖn ɖ Staću v Liḅti. Foṭgraf: Amit Dev/Rôtrz

Trajicli, Covid-19 ravjz ɖ cuntri bt uncerñ îdioḷji mcs śr ɖt ɖ sntṛl vista project hz $2bn in fundñ ẃl hundṛdz v miłnz v India’z pur n desttyt hv t fnd fr ɖmslvz. Ɖe r dayñ bî ɖ hundṛdz v ʈǎzndz. Modi z bildñ a vulgr mońmnt t himslf on ɖ corpsz v inviẓbl n uņemd sitiznz.

I drw a cmparisn hir wɖ ɖ Mūgl emprr Ǎrañzeb, hu in ɖ 17ʈ snć̣ri dstroid Hindu mońmnts n tmplz ol ovr India in frvnt rlijs hetrid. Modi z an Ǎrañzeb fr ǎr tîmz. Hiz reźīm berz cmparisn wɖ ɖ Taḷban in Afgaṇstan, hu olso atmt t rūl wɖ îdịlojicl frvr.

Modi’z Hindu Taḷban nīdz mońmnts t itslf in ordr t istabliś culćṛl axptns n doṃneśn. Lîc ol fasist-līnñ poḷtiśnz, Modi hops ɖt bî cntrolñ ɖ iṃjz at ɖ hart v ɖ neśn, h wl form a ny viźn v hiz India, ẃć plesz him at ɖ sntr alñsd Mhatma Gandi n Vaḷbî Ptel.

Ɖ īgo dspleid in ɖs n uɖr v hiz venglorịs projects pts Indịn dmocṛsi at hyj risc. Modi rīsntli opnd a cricitstedịm nemd aftr himslf, in laḟbl miṃcri v Cim Joñ-un in Norʈ C’rīa. H irectd a mońmntl staću t Vaḷbî Ptel, ɖ Hindu-Gjrāti frīdmfîtr. It z for tîmz bigr ɖn ɖ Staću v Liḅti, unimajiṇbli vulgr n cost ovr $400m. Ɖz r edfisz fr ultra-naśṇlist Modi Taḷbanists t rali arnd.

Narendra Modi stadium. Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP
Nrendra Modi stedịm. Foṭgraf: Aijaz Rahi/AP

Ɖ Britiś sivl srvnt Jon Streći dclerd in a lecćr gvn at Cembrij Yṇvrṣti in 1884 ɖt “ɖr z no sć cuntri az India n ɖs z ɖ frst n most isnśl fact abt India ɖt cn b lrnt”. Sīcñ yṇfaid rlijn, culćr n tṛdiśn in India, h cd nt fînd ɖm. Ẃt h feld t si z India’z cpaṣti fr dvrṣti, India’z iniscepbl multi-leyrd cmplex̣ti, India’z rfyzl v snğlaṛti. H cd nt si India az formñ a chisiv hol wɖt a śerd lanḡj or tṛdiśn. Hiz neśnstet mîndset cd nt si yṇti n dvrṣti livñ sîd bî sîd.

Britiś c’lońl indevrz t fors Indịnz intu wn sistm léd t famin n sleṿri. It forst Indịnz intu culćṛl infirioṛti so Crisćn mraḷti cd doṃnet n Britiś biznis inṭrests cd fluriś. I b’liv ɖ fasist guvnmnt in India tde z dwñ ẃt ɖ Britiś cd nt. Modi n hiz nio-c’lońl hnćṃn r forsñ Hindu snğlaṛti on ɖ cuntri.Ɖ dstrux́n v ɖ parḷmntbildñz repriznts ɖ tecñ-ovr v ɖ Indịn sîci bî a fasist reźīm. Its ultra-naśṇlist viźn z v Hindu dmińn ovr ol Indịnz at eni prîs, n Modi az its arc̣tect wl rūl India wɖ hiz rît hand rezd in s’lūt, pām opn, miṃcñ ɖ Hindu god Viśnu – amñ uɖrz.

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The Eye Has It by Richard Deacon, 1984. Arts Council Collection. Photo Anna Arca
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