For giving every high school student a longer history than he deserves, retribution awaits the British legacy today. The victim of destiny in this case is the very travel brochure icon of Mumbai-the Gateway of India. It will soon see a lot of activity that is popularly called restoration. Three corporates have come together to put the monument back to shape. The bnp Paribas Group, Baccarat and the Taj Group of Hotels have decided to fund a project that some experts fear will be the beginning of the end of the monument.
In 1911, the Gateway of India was built to show the visiting royalty, King George V and Queen Mary, how to enter Mumbai. Now that the couple have passed through the gateway, we have felt a bit free with the big door. Today, some corners of the gateway contain indelible signs of the post-independence era-streaks of paan. But when it comes to destroying a monument, the government, as always, is more effective than the common man.