Among the six heritage structures that won the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture (Intach) awards 2013, on World Heritage Day on Thursday, are Goshamahal Baradari, built in the early Qutub Shahi style, the Moulali Kaman, constructed in the Asaf Jahi fashion at Moulali, and the exquisite office of the Accountant-General in Saidabad built in the Indo-European style. Christ Church at Ramkote won an award in the Classical European category.
In the residence class, the principal’s bungalow of Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, bagged the award and the CCMB Lacones campus, Attapur, was recognised for its open spaces and intrinsic rock forms. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, Nalsar University for Law, said on the occasion, “Monuments do not have a religion; every site after 100 years of existence becomes a national property. If someone terms the Babri Masjid as a symbol of slavery, then the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Red Fort come under the same category as well. Monuments should never be termed under any religion.” He also stated that Article 29 of the Constitution states that it is a fundamental right and a directive principle to preserve our heritage. Any neglect of any monument is something that law does not permit.