Archaeological monuments and important buildings across the national Capital will be bathed in blue on the eve of World Diabetes Day on November 13 as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the disease.
According to International Diabetes Foundation’s Diabetes Atlas, over one million people — of the 50 million plus affected — died due to diabetes in India last year. There are likely to be another 100 million people on the verge of being affected by diabetes in the country, it said.
‘Diabetes Blue Monument Lighting Challenge’ will be one of the main activities of Abbott Diabetes Blue Fortnight 2011, wherein major monuments and buildings across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bangalore will be illuminated in blue.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has consented for illumination of six of its monuments, including the Purana Qila, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Lotus Temple in Kalkaji and Metro Bhawan, off Barakhamba Road, too, will be illuminated, organisers said.
“Monuments illuminated in blue symbolise unity in the fight against diabetes, something akin to blue sky uniting the world,” said Dr CS Pandav, head, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS.
This is in line with the international practice of illuminating important buildings and monuments to showcase solidarity for the cause. Other buildings and monuments in India include CST Station in Mumbai, Britannia Garden of Bangalore, City Palace Ground at Udaipur and Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.
Some of the monuments to be lit up in the world are — Argentina’s Basilica de Guadalupe (Santa Fe); Australia’s Parliament House (Canberra), Canada’s Bluewater Bridge (Sarnia, Ontario); Denmark’s Little Mermaid (Copenhagen), Japan’s Tokyo Tower, UK’s Emmanuel College (Cambridge) and USA’s Harold Hamm Diabetes Centre (Okhlahoma). The campaign will span activities from November 1 to 14.