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One of the questions which every politics or history enthusiast might have in their mind is that, why does India’s prime Minister deliver his annual speech from the Red Fort only? Many might say that it has been like that for years, maybe there isn’t any more reasons. That is not right.
Just because the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his speech from Red Fort is not the only reason either. So what is the reason?
Red fort is one of the oldest standing forts of India and the architecture is a symbol of power beyond every other reasons. If you ask how does Red Fort symbolises power, it is because it has been since 1600s.
In 1700s, Marathas ascended to take over India and then in 1788, took over the Red Fort. Next in line was the East India Company who finally won the Red Fort from after their victory over the Anglo-Maratha wars in 1803.
Let me ask you a question…What do we remember today about the Red Fort?
The monument is remembered for a lot of things starting but most importantly for being a scene of crime, of robbery, destruction and vandalism time to time from various rulers.
The huge loot by various rulers, the eviction of an old emperor and also the loss of the Koh-i-Noor, amongst these Red Fort still stands tall in our country and that is way to cherish our self-esteem and a matter of pride. So, India’s Prime Minister delivering the annual speech from the Red Fort at the Independence Day is not by chance but it is symbol of power.
Nehru’s successors are following the tradition to keep the citizen’s head high.
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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