ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Rahela KhorakiwalaSubscribe to Rahela Khorakiwala

From Calcutta to Ieper

The Calcutta High Court building is based on the design of the Cloth Hall building in the Belgian town of Ieper. However, there is a belief that the court’s design plans were used to rebuild the Cloth Hall building in Belgium after it was destroyed in World War I. This is a myth and shows how history and memory are often reconfigured to materialise specific pride and prestige. Through this myth, we are invited to revisit the colonial past of the high court and the notion of “gifting” back to the Belgians their past through our present.
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