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Protest against allowing private entity to 'maintain' Red Fort

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

organisations, heritage groups, teachers and students associations among others today took out a protest march against the government's decision to involve a private enterprise for "maintenance" of the

Around 100 protestors raised slogans of No Company Raj Again as they held the protest march from the Rajghat to the on the occasion of the 161st -- the revolt of 1857.

Late last month, the signed an MoU with the government under which it was allowed to maintain the monument.

Under the agreement, the has agreed to make available certain basic amenities at the monument within six months. These include providing drinking water kiosks, street furniture like benches and signages to guide the visitors, according to the government.

The protestors, however, alleged the move was in line with the RSS' efforts of "rewriting and erasing history according to their whims and fancies".

They said the MoU allows the to place their company's name on signages on the fort campus and to establish interpretation centres in the name of providing brief history of the monument.

said that in its 370-year-old it existence, the has just gone from being an iconic symbol of India's resistance and Independence to becoming a world then why such a symbol is handed over to a private corporate entity.

"The Red Fort is a symbol of our national sovereignty, we can't agree with the idea of giving it to the corporate hands. Our ancestors fought against the 'Company Raj' of the Company and the British Colonial Empire and we will also struggle against the divisive of hate, bigotry and violence, and allowing corporate companies to re-establish a Raj," Ovais Sultan Khan, and Managing of Anhad said.

The protest was organised by Anhad in collaboration with left-wing student organisation All Students' Association (AISA), the Centre for and Art, Dalit Lekhak Sangh, the Democratic Teachers' Front, the IPTA, the Jan Sanskriti Manch, the and other groups.

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First Published: Thu, May 10 2018. 20:35 IST