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A war memorial lost in time

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 23:53 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

Not many are aware of its existence, but a beautifully maintained War Memorial, in the form of a stone pillar inside the Noida Golf Course, bears testimony to a piece of history.

The Battle of Delhi altered many an equation and gave the British leeway over Delhi in 1803.

The proportionate stone pillar – built in 1916 as per inscriptions on it – stands as a memorial for the war fought between the Marathas and the British forces in 1803.

An inscription on the pillar tells us: ‘Near this spot was fought on September 11, 1803, the battle in which the forces of the Mahrattas, commanded by M Lois Bourquien, were defeated by the British Army under General Gerard Lake.’

The stone pillar, approximately 35-40 feet tall, has a square bottom and a slimmer top and is situated on a mound inside the sylvan surroundings of the 100-acres of Noida Golf Course.

“It has been part of the Golf Course ever since 1987-88. We have been taking care of it since then,” said Brijendra Sahay, founder president of the Noida Golf Course.

“I have been living in Noida since 1993, but I am not aware of such a memorial,” said Mohammad Shafi, a resident of Sector 12. The pillar does not find mention in any archaeological list as well.

Said a senior Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official, “For any monument to be included in centrally protected list, it needs to be atleast 100 years old. But then, the proposed Heritage Bill 2009 will take care of all such monuments.”