Advertisement
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Outlook.com

Hold Your Horse

Can the Gateway of India be shifted out of Mumbai’s seascape? Ridiculous idea, you’ll say. How then can Bhubaneswar’s emblem, the Warrior Horse, be led away…ask heritage lovers.

Hold Your Horse
Hold Your Horse
outlookindia.com
2021-07-09T20:01:35+05:30

For decades, it has stood at the heart of Bhubaneswar as the city’s most identifiable symbol. The majestic 18ftx15ft ‘warrior horse’ statue, a replica of the Odisha state emblem, was made by sculptor extraordinaire Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra and installed at the Master Canteen square at the centre of the city in 1988. Facing the Bhubaneswar railway station on one side and the state assembly on the other, the magnificent work of art on Mahatma Gandhi Road is hard to miss for anyone passing by this busiest thoroughfare in the capital city. The sculpture is now at the centre of a raging row over its proposed shifting to the Raj Bhavan square to facilitate ­ongoing work on the Smart City project.

Conservationists, heritage lovers and other citizens have opposed the move tooth and nail, saying it would be an act of sacrilege. “Already there are signs of decay, with algae growing all over the sculpture due to years of neglect and lack of maintenance. Shifting it at this stage may cause irreparable damage,” says eminent sculptor...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Munna Bhais Still Flying High In High-Profile Entrance Examinations

Munna Bhais Still Flying High In High-Profile Entrance Examinations

Experts believe the swindlers have taken control of the entire system and they are doing so without any fear. They suspect one can get 99.5% only if one gets the question paper in advance.

Covishield Row: UK Travel Restrictions For Vaccinated Indians 'Discriminatory', Govt Warns Of Reciprocal Measures

Covishield Row: UK Travel Restrictions For Vaccinated Indians 'Discriminatory', Govt Warns Of Reciprocal Measures

UK's decision to put Indians vaccinated with Covishield in the "unvaccinated" category and asking Indians vaccinated with both doses to isolate for 10-days has raised a row.

IPL 2021: Punjab, Rajasthan In Battle Of Explosive Top-Orders

IPL 2021: Punjab, Rajasthan In Battle Of Explosive Top-Orders

The two IPL teams have been perennial under-achievers in the league.

J&K: Army Chopper Crash Lands In Dense Forest Area, Two Pilots Injured

J&K: Army Chopper Crash Lands In Dense Forest Area, Two Pilots Injured

The incident reportedly occurred between 10.30 am to 10.45 am. A police party has been rushed to the remote area and it will take them some time to reach there.

Advertisement