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Let us build a memorial fit for such pain and suffering

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By DiplomatTesterMan

"They shall be remembered forever, They shall be alive forever, They shall be speaking forever, The people shall hear them forever." - Yeats[a]

Is it possible to build a memorial that can truly honour those who suffered at the hands of evil, those who fought against evil, or even harder, for those who died in vain and those who died due to no fault of their own? What you honour is an indication of your core beliefs and values. Who you cherish will mold you and future generations to come. Who you carry forward with you will give shape to nation-states and civilizations. Choose wisely what to honour, remember and knowingly carry forward...

The former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh laying a wreath at the Air India Memorial, at Toronto, in Canada. The memorial is in memory of those who lost their lives onboard Air India Flight 182.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Narendra Modi visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, in Jerusalem, Israel
The Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, in St. Petersburg, Russia
The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, United States, 1949
The Wahat Al Karama “Oasis of Dignity”, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Ismaili Somoni Monument, at Dusti Square, Tajikistan
The World War I Memorial, in Neuve-Chapelle, France. Visible is the Neuve-Chapelle Indian Memorial, with the words "To the honour of the Army of India which fought in France and Belgium, 1914-1918, and in perpetual remembrance of those of their dead whose names are here recorded and who have no known grave"[b]
An exhibition inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in New York
Narendra Modi signing the visitors’ book, at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, in Rwanda
The Prime Minister of India paying homage at Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial, in the Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC. Kalpana Chawla, the first female of Indian origin to go to space, was lost along with the entire Columbia crew.

Note, there is no Wikipedia page for Ismaili Somoni Monument.
(Compiler's note: All images used are taken from already uploaded images on Wikipedia Commons. Emphasis has been to take images making sure the memorials are prominently visible in the photographs, and not the dignitaries. The images in which dignitaries do occupy substantial image space, is due to lack of replacements. Please do suggest better replacements if you find any. Thank you.)


  1. ^ W. B. Yeats, Nine One-Act Plays (1937), p. 36. See, Cathleen ni Houlihan, W. B. Yeats
  2. ^ Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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Unnecessary drama — JFG talk 21:03, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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  • Is there a reason why every single image on the page contains an Indian politician? Johnbod (talk) 16:34, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Johnbod: Yes... please see the blurb - "A tour of some of the world's greatest memorials courtesy the Prime Minister of India." Should I mention this clearly in the article? DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 16:41, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
But it's three Indian PMs, and none from anywhere else, and this is not mentioned or explained in the lead bit. Johnbod (talk) 21:26, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Johnbod:If someone can write a Signpost article only on say one country or one person or one wikiproject etc... why not this. I think these are really nice images and I have also added a disclaimer at the bottom. And the tour aspect I think is like a story in a way. As far as I know The Signpost doesn't follow the same standards as Wikipedia articles do. I request you to reconsider addition of this template here which is inconsiderate. Regards. DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 16:47, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I would prefer this article is deleted rather than let the template stay here. I created this article with good intentions and if someone can only see propaganda they are mistaken. Modi and Nehru and Manmohan together is as neutral as possible, keeping in mind the tour aspect and the news factor. DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 16:52, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Bri:, @Kudpung:, is it possible to delete this article now? I really created this with the best of intentions. I don't want people making this seem like a mere and lame propaganda effort. DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 16:52, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I followed this up in the newsroom and teahouse and subsequently nominated for deletion. Regards. DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 18:47, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Really impressed with this gallery. It is thought-provoking and interesting; I think it is a great example of what our editors can do when they want to be creative and to build something worthwhile about a theme. (I can think of many themes that would benefit from such a gallery.) Thanks for including it in the Signpost, I think it's one of the best editorial decisions made in a while. Risker (talk) 22:32, 31 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the feedback. Kudos to DiplomatTesterMan on the selection of images (disclosure: I selected this submission for publication). The profundity of the individual confronting the weight of history, himself representing a billion more, struck me deeply. ☆ Bri (talk) 22:46, 1 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is wonderful feedback. Thank you. I would also like to thank JohnBod for his insightful comment above related to how readers are understanding the article. Thank you for the comment. Regards.DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 20:26, 2 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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