Twitter community rallies `Long Live Sultan Palace` on World Tourism Day


Encouraged by the stay on the proposed demolition of the 100-year-old Sultan’s Palace in PatnaA large number of netizens took to Twitter to rally in support of preserving the iconic landmark as a tourist attraction.

From Patna to Kolkata, citizens posted pictures of the palace and shared their tweets on Twitter on the occasion of World Tourism Day, all with a common “#LongLiveSultanPalace”.

The invitation to welcome the stay granted by the Patna High Court a few days ago, and the appeal to restore and develop the 1922-built palace was given by some citizens and heritage groups, and soon people from different parts of India. And even the Indians did. Abroad joined the Twitter campaign.

Former Union Minister Shakeel Ahmed, who hails from Bihar, was the first to tweet in support of the preservation of the palace built by noted barrister Sir Sultan Ahmed.

“Built in 1922, Sultan Palace, Patna is a magnificent building and a delight for heritage lovers. Kudos to @NitishKumar and @yadavtejashwi ji.

#SaveSultanPalace & reconsider Bihar Govt’s stand in Patna High Court,” he tweeted and shared pictures of the palace.

Heritage conservation groups like Heritage Times, Lost Muslim Heritage of Bihar, several architects, scholars, renowned historian S Irfan Habib also supported this call.

Several users tweeted a very old monochrome picture of Sir Sultan Ahmed and his family with his palace in the background, while some used more recent images of the landmark.

Many others used collages depicting the period beauty of the palace.

Many of them asked “how could anyone think of destroying such a beautiful building”.

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Inspired by the theme of the viral “Panchayat” series, some netizens even created a meme on it. One such meme had the line, “Dekh raha hai na binod, voices are being raised continuously but the government is not listening to them” and the hashtag #LongLiveSultanPalace.

Satyam, a Twitter user from a small town in Ara, Bihar, tweeted: “Sultan Palace is the pride of Patna and a true heritage of India. On World Tourism Day, we urge the government to reverse its decision to demolish it. Appealing to a heritage hotel.

#LongLiveSultanPalace #SaveSultanPalace #patnaheritage”.

Another user @JagrookBihari tweeted that the government should preserve the building instead of demolishing it.

The Bihar government in mid-June announced its decision to demolish the historic palace in the heart of Patna to build a five-star hotel, sparking public outcry from many historians, structuralists, architects and ordinary citizens.

UK, Canada, UAE to save Sultan Palace Members of the Indian diaspora community living in other countries also joined in tweeting.

“I have always admired how the #UAE celebrates its heritage at every opportunity. They preserved their historic house ‘Bait Muhammad Bin Khalifa’ built in 1958 unlike my hometown, #Patna, where the Govt. Century-old ‘Sultan’s Palace’ set for demolition. “. #longlivesultanpalace,” tweeted Abu Dhabi-based Dr Zareen Fatima, who hails from Bihar.

In a series of tweets, Winnipeg city-dweller Bashshar Habibullah, whose hometown is in Patna, lamented the demolition of Patna Collectorate, Anjuman Islamia Hall and several other heritage buildings in Patna in the past few years.

“The Canadian city where I live has a (modern) history of a few centuries, but still you can see hundreds of buildings from that era, and one is our Patna, where almost every year, some old building is being built. is demolished very sad #LongLiveSultanPalace,” he tweeted in Hindi.

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