The All-India War Memorial




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Adjacent to the War Memorial is a 22.25 meters' high canopy which stands in a circular basin in a square pool. During the colonial period a white marble statue of King-Emperor George V stood in the canopy which could be seen by the Viceroy from the roof of his palace. This was seen a symbol of imperial domination and was removed after India gained independence and now stands at Coronation Park. One plan was to replace it with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which was commissioned but looked so peculiar that it had to be removed. No agreement exists on what should be done with the empty canopy.


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