Declare Vidhana Soudha as a Heritage Building

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During a discussion in the Karnataka Legislative Council on 12 July 2018, it was suggested by an honourable member that Vidhana Soudha should be protected as a heritage building. The acting chairman of the house concurred that it was a fine suggestion, and would support the member if he were to take it up with the government. As a media house, we would like to seize this moment and idea, convert it into a citizens campaign and ensure that it moves forward, blooms, and travels through the government's decision-making channels without impediments.

Vidhana Soudha is of recent antiquity and has just completed 60 years of existence. But, in the minds of the people this seat of power has become a symbol of their passions, rights and aspirations. They often refer to it as a 'temple of democracy'. Hackneyed cliche it may sound, but there is no immaculate metaphor to substitute this intense articulation of faith it invokes in the people.

Vidhana Soudha is also an architectural marvel, which seamlessly blends many styles. It is the most recognised symbol of brand Bangalore the world over. It has to be preserved in its pristine condition for posterity. However, in the recent years it has been widely reported that as and when government's change the interiors of many chambers are altered to suit superstitious beliefs (vaastu) and aesthetically divergent notions of new occupants. This, if allowed to continue unchecked, it could irrevocably alter the original grandeur and beauty of the building, which has been constructed at huge public cost. Some of it may already be lost. The occupants of this building are temporary. They change from election to election, and therefore should only imagine themselves as designated custodians of this public property. They need to restrain themselves and stop seeing it as a private space.

Besides altering interiors, the Vidhana Soudha has also been in the news as a contentious site of religious ceremonies (elaborate poojas, havan etc.), and in some instances, alleged occult practices. This grossly violates the spirit of the constitution, and therefore it is the bounden duty of legislators, who are on oath to ban them from the premises of this building. It is important to secure both the physical building and the democratic, secular spirit for which it stands.

If you agree with us, we request you to sign the petition.

#SaveVidhanaSoudha #VidhanaSoudhaHeritageBuilding

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ಬಜೆಟ್‌ ಅಧಿವೇಶನದ ವೇಳೆ ಜುಲೈ ೧೨ರಂದು ವಿಧಾನ ಪರಿಷತ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಚರ್ಚೆ ನಡೆಯುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧವನ್ನು ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ಕಟ್ಟಡವೆಂದು ಘೋಷಿಸಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಮಹತ್ವದ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ಇಡಲಾಯಿತು.

ನೂತನವಾಗಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುವ ಸಚಿವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಕಚೇರಿಗಳನ್ನು ವಾಸ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ತಮ್ಮ ಅಭಿರುಚಿಯ ನೆಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾರ್ಪಾಡು ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂದಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಗೋಡೆ ಒಡೆಯುವುದು, ಕಿಟಕಿ ಬದಲಿಸುವುದು, ಇನ್ನಿತರ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಮಾಡಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಹಾಳುಗೆಡವುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಅನಗತ್ಯ ಹಣ ಖರ್ಚು, ಕಟ್ಟಡದ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ, ಮೂಲವಿನ್ಯಾಸಕ್ಕೂ ಧಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧವನ್ನು ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಎಂದು ಘೋಷಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಚರ್ಚೆಯಾಗಿದೆ.

ಅರವತ್ತು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಇತಿಹಾಸವಿರುವ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧ ಹಲವು ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಗೆ ನಾವು ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾದ ಕಟ್ಟಡ. ದೇಶದ ಯಾವುದೇ ವಿಧಾನಸಭಾ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಹೀಗಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಕೊಂಡಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಪ್ರಜಾಸತ್ತೆಯ ಧೀಮಂತಿಕೆ, ಜನಾಡಳಿತ ಘನತೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರತಿಬಿಂಬಿಸುವಂತಿರುವ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧವನ್ನು ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ಕಟ್ಟಡವೆಂದು ಘೋಷಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಅದನ್ನು ಮುಂದಿನ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಗೆ ಉಳಿಸುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಒಂದು ನಿರ್ಣಯಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ನಾಡಿನ ಜನತೆಯ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.
ನಿಮಗೆ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಪಿಟಿಷಿನ್‌ ಸಹಿ ಹಾಕುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಈ ಅಭಿಯಾನವನ್ನು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಿ.

 

 



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