Talk:Raj Ghat and associated memorials

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Did You Know?[edit]

...that this article was featured on the Did You Know? section of the Main Page on 14 September 2005. The entry read "...that Raj Ghat and other memorials are sometimes considered India's modern day equivalent of Westminster Abbey?" ---Gurubrahma 06:31, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Sometimes considered by who? A google search for "Raj Ghat" "Westminster Abbey" turns up 18 results, with the only one making any comparison between the two being Wikipedia itself. That is why it's usually better to avoid referring to general unspecified opinions like that; the way it is now, it would seem that one person's opinion is being displayed on the Wikipedia main page as fact.
The article's version is a little better, but could still use some work: "In some ways, this can be considered as India's modern day equivalent of Westminster Abbey." 'Can be considered' is awkward. At the very least, it should be changed to "In some ways, this is India's modern day equivalent to Westminster Abbey." More importantly, though, it should explain how this is India's modern day equivalent to Westminster Abbey. Aquillion 07:43, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
I agree. As someone who came in through the main page, and knows little about Westminster Abbey or the Raj Ghat, its absolutely unclear what the link is. Famous dead people go there? So it could also be compared to, say, all these? --The Minister of War 12:23, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Raj Ghat & Westminster Abbey[edit]

Whenever a prominent or famous leader dies, there is a clamour for his cremation in Delhi in the vicinity of the Raj Ghat. Newspapers talk of advisability or inadvisability of such a move with some of them comparing Raj Ghat with the Westminster Abbey. The last such leader whose death raised questions was P. V. Narasimha Rao, though much muted. AFIK and if my memory serves me right, the wildest comparisons about the Abbey and the Ghat were made when place was made available for Kisan Ghat. Well, while google as the first reference point is understandable, Kisan Ghat pre-dates google by around ten years and it was an age when atleast Indian news papers did not archive all and sundry news items electronically. I agree with Aquillion on the points he has made and would be making the suggested corrections. As to "how" the Ghat can be compared to the Abbey, the most simple explanation wd probably be that just as the Abbey has several tombs, the Ghat too has some (though not so many). ---Gurubrahma 09:54, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

There is no way that Raj Ghat and Westminster Abbey can be compared to each other. There is one similarity, but if a comparison is made, the differences strike you first.
West minster Abbey is a church to start with, it is a closed enclosure, nearly a thousand years old, there must be hundreds of people buried in there including scientists, poets and the aristocracy.
Raj ghat and the surrounding places deserve there own articles. They are not cemeteries, All people commemorated are Hindus and the remains of Hindus are rarely buried. Rajghat etc are memorials. Only politicians are commemorated and it is a secular place (not a church.) They are surrounded by sprawling lawns. My guess is that around Raj ghat in an area as big as the Westminster Abbey there will be around one memorial on an average.
And Raj Ghat does not translate as King's Court, that is exactly what it is not supposed to mean. A better translation is King Court. It is the size of the court that gives it the name not the person who is remembered. Gandhi would have hated to be called King or Royal. --156.34.93.207

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