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Cornered Stones

Chennai's past is braided with the Admiralty House. It doesn't deserve to go.

Cornered Stones
Cornered Stones
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One of Chennai's oldest colonial buildings, whose original owners probably gave this city its erstwhile name, Madras, is currently being flattened with sledgehammers and drills. Though structurally sound, the 250-year-old former Government House, commonly known as Admiralty House, is being pulled down to make way for a new Rs 200-crore legislative assembly complex being designed by a German architectural firm.

Five years ago, when the Jayalalitha government announced Queen Mary's College (QMC) would be demolished to make way for a new secretariat complex, M.K. Stalin, heir apparent to DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, stormed police barricades in solidarity with women students in an agitation that saved the 110-year-old QMC for the time being. Now it is the turn of the DMK government, which projects itself as a champion of culture, to sign the death warrant for a historic building, which will be reduced to a pile of debris by the month's end. Significantly, Stalin is silent this time.

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