Monday, January 08, 2007

Suhrawardy’s ancestral home in Kolkata (Calcutta) demolished

pic credit: Naya Diganta

40 Theatre Road, the legendary house, ancestral home of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy in the posh area of Kolkata (Calcutta), and witness to many political events of the independence movement of India and partition of Pakistan during his Premiership of Bengal is being demolished. The house was listed as a ‘heritage building’ of India in West Bengal, but its custody was taken over by a non-Bengali businessman Mr. Shyamsundar Dhanuka in 2000 from the Kolkata City Corporation, after removing the name from the heritage list for construction of a shopping complex. Demolition work started 20 days ago, every night, slowly under cover of darkness and taking advantage of high perimeter wall to hide from public eyes. With its demolition, a monument of Indian political history will be buried.


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M,.Tauseef Barlas said...

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was a great politician. I believe that his relatives still live in Pakistan. There is a need to built hospital/college in the memory of great leader.