India uses scepter as national symbol in new parliament, triggers historical controversy
by RAJAT GUPTA
New Delhi, May 26 (EFE/EPA).- The decision to exhibit Sengol, a golden scepter built and conserved by India since 1947, in the new parliament building has triggered a debate among politicians and historians in the country, with allegations that the government has distorted the history of the object, a symbol of independence. The 1.5-meter long solid gold scepter will be exhibited in the new parliament premises, set to be inaugurated on Sunday, as part of a series of symbolic displays by the government of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide cultural significance to the building. (Camera: RAJAT GUPTA). SHOT LIST: THE EXTERIOR VIEW OF THE OLD PARLIAMENT BUILDING AND THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED INDIAN PARLIAMENT BUILDING IN NEW DELHI, INDIA.
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