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Delhi MP seeks protection of Inquisition Pillar

31 Aug 2017 05:23am IST
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31 Aug 2017 05:23am IST

East Delhi MP Maheish Girri, writes to Chief Minister raising concerns on its miserable condition; MP is member of parliamentary consultative committee on tourism, Wants preservation for archaeological, historical and emotional values PANJIM: Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Maheish Girri, has called upon the Goa government to protect and preserve the historic ‘Hath Kataro Khamb’ (Pillar of Inquisition) located at Old Goa, which is known as a silent symbol of the Portuguese inquisition during the colonial rule.

 SHWETA KAMAT


PANJIM: Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Maheish Girri, has called upon the Goa government to protect and preserve the historic ‘Hath Kataro Khamb’ (Pillar of Inquisition) located at Old Goa, which is known as a silent symbol of the Portuguese inquisition during the colonial rule.

In a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP MP has raised concern about the miserable condition of the pillar and has demanded its protection considering its archaeological, historical and emotional values.

“As per the records of the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology, accessed via a RTI reply, the ‘Hath Kataro Khamb’ or Pillar of Inquisition, located at Old Goa is the only existing memorial from the Inquisition period,” Girri, member of the consultative committee on Tourism and Culture, said in his letter.

“This pillar was erected to execute the punishment ordered by the Inquisition Court. The Pillar is in two pieces of stone and those stones were brought from the remains of the Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple which was destroyed by the Portuguese,” he stated.

Girri recalled that the Goa Inquisition and stated “Although its headquarters were at Goa, its jurisdiction extended to entire Portuguese possessions to the East of the Cape of Good Hope, and it had its commissaries in other major centres,” he said.

“It is estimated that some 16,202 persons were brought to trial by the Inquisition,” he added. 

Asked why he, an East Delhi MP, had such a deep interest in a piece of Goa’s history, he told Herald, “I write many letters. The name of Aurangzeb road was changed to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road on my letter to the Honourable PM. Based on my letter to the Hon Railway Minister, coolies are now referred to as ‘sahayaks’.”

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