Our history acts as a pointer to our future. The more we learn and acquaint ourselves about our past history, we enrich our lives. The ramparts of history of the medieval period are available all over Maharashtra. They are present in forms of temples, caves, forts and palaces. But, how much efforts are being taken by the government to safeguard it for our future generations.
Yesterday, I happened to visit one of such forts in Pune District near Malavli. It was the impressive Lohgad, some 8-10 kms walk from Malavli station the fort is majestically located. It shares its existence with one more majestic fort known as Visapur. In fact the two neighbours look like they are in posturing act and look eye in eye. Somewhere nearby are visible the forts Tung and Tikona. The fort Lohgad is there since last 2.5 thousand years!!! Its walls are still as strong as they were during its golden days. The treasures seized during Surat raid were once stored in this fort. Such was the confidence Shivaji Maharaj exuded in the fortification & strength of this fort.
Circa 2010 : The fort even today is as strong, in the name of restoration, you can find some cement work, some wooden work. But a great loot is taken place.. and that too very systematically.
There were smaller canons made of iron. These canons were 500-600 years old. These canons are now being sold.. Sold for cash.. What is done is pretty simple. The canons are directly being thrown from the top of fort, it reaches the base, these are then carried away by locals and cut into pieces of iron and sold away. History being cashed!!!
All this in open day light, you reach to the step no. 1 of the fort and you find the first canon lying, half broken. Unfortunately, nobody seems to be remotely bothered, nor the villagers nor the tourists flocking there, the government machinery as always is showing chronic apathy.
A nation that loses its history ceases to exist, it is said. Our History and the monuments that represents it, must be preserved and taken care of with utmost respect and responsibility. Spread this word everywhere, forward this message so that someone might act…