Deeply grieved over the demolition of Mehrangir

 

I am in Boston ,U.S.A.  for the past several months. I did not know the recent developments in Mumbai. Today, I came to know that Mehrangir, Dr. Homi Bhabha’s  home was demolished by those who bought it at an auction two years ago. I feel deeply grieved over the fact that we could not retain Homi’s legacy.

Here is the link to the article by Ms Pallavi Prasad in the quint

http://www.thequint.com/opinion/2016/05/31/when-you-werent-looking-homi-j-bhabhas-house-mehrangir-demolished

 

I considered it as a sacrilegious event, though legally defendable. The purchaser can certainly do whatever they want . It is their property.Prior to the auction, some well-known persons engaged themselves in a willful disinformation campaign. Some of them even argued  that Homi Bhabha never lived there.

NCPA who owned the property and other memorabilia attached to Dr. Bhabha munificently gifted his collection of letters to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Access to them helped us to show that Bhabha lived  in Mehrangir until  his death. NCPA’s auction document vividly showed that Mehrangir is indeed a heritage building.

I wrote many articles in leading publications and for news agencies pleading to retain Mehrangir.It included  The Deccan Herald, rediffmail.com, PTI and IANS etc. You may, if you so desire, access the article published in Rediffmail.com at the following link:

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/homi-bhabhas-home-belongs-to-india-/20140716.htm

We would like to forget the whole episode as a bad dream.It will be very difficult for many of us who knew what Dr. Bhabha did and achieved for the nation to forget the sad developments.

 

 

 

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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