Need to overhaul the current state of India’s iconography

When one wanders through the streets of Paris, one realizes the essence of iconography as it instantly reminds him or her of the great history the place beholds. It immediately connects him or her to the iconic personalities who have left permanent impressions in the history. Unfortunately complete opposite to this is our Indian iconography where more than half of the namings have been attributed to either Jawahar lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, clearly demonstrating the parochiality of Gandhi family led Congress party. However, BJP is no monk when it comes to this matter, as there has been repeated inclination to project prominent hindutva leaders like Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar at the helm of Indian iconography. When we come across such sectarian outlook, it stirs in us a sense of injustice done to the pluralistic nature of our society where the contributions of many are forgotten and overlooked in light of petty politics. Also, important incidents of our history like Jallianwala Bagh massacre etc. needs to be enshrined through proper iconography. There is also the need for a majestic museum that enshrines the story of Indian freedom struggle in great details, as most of the smaller incidents are almost forgotten as there is hardly any mention of them anywhere. In order to do true justice to the contributors of various fields, India’s iconography needs a paradigm shift. This can be achieved by dividing the entire work of iconography into national, regional and local where iconic figures of all levels (national, regional, local) are given due importance. Also an analytical and logical approach needs to be considered. Say for eg. an institute of education named after famous mathematician Ramanujan, a music and arts institute named after Amir Khusro and so on. Only by doing this, iconography will serve its purpose in the true sense and will remind the coming generations of the great personalities and their contributions.


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