Her Majesty, Queen Victoria

Almost anyone who enters Cubbon Park from the MG Road side can spot her as she stands – regal in her attire and almost imperious in her stance. The world was truly her oyster.

A magnificent reminder of times past, this statue of Queen Victoria evokes memories of the mighty Raj and the British rule over the Cantonment that Bangalore once was.

Today, she stands a mute spectator to the hustle, bustle, heat & the dust around her. If she were to scan a little ahead of her to her left, her gaze would pick up a slightly smaller, stooping statue of a man who wrought far greater changes, almost cataclysmic, from the Empire’s point of view : Mahatma Gandhi.

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‘ She is one of Bangalore’s better known icons. As you enter Cubbon Park from the south-eastern end, you encounter her. In her day, the ruler of the mightiest empire that stretched from India, Australia, Canada and parts of Africa to the South Pacific. Now, standing loftily, regally…aloof.

And yet, hers is the classic ‘poor little rich girl’ story. Her father died before she was one. As a 10-year-old when taken around the country, she was shocked at the poverty, griminess of the people she saw. On learning that she would one day be queen, she said, “I will be good”. At 18 she got the chance.’

A superb article by Janardhan Roye in the Deccan Herald here.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Vishal (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    You know, the only reason I recognise this particular statue is because I know Fountainhead bookstore is somewhere closeby. :)


  2. usha (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

    very nice picture and write -up. I pass by this statue 4 times every week and have never appreciated the majesty of the pose which I can see so well now. I always look at that ball she has in her hand and that sceptre and sometimes the face that hardly betrays any expression!


  3. Ravi (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

    Hey Vishal buddy,
    Welcome here! Er, Fountainhead store? You sure? Hmmm…lemme check on that and get back to you?
    Cheers,
    Ravi


  4. Ravi (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Usha,
    Thanks! Yup, that look of hers, seems like a mystery, eh? Still, I’m glad she’s around reminding us of our past.
    Cheers,
    Ravi


  5. rubic_cube (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 10:44 am

    My first visit to Cubbon Park remains memorable because I remember watching this statue for quite a while and wondering whatever did Queen Victoria want to convey! And I like the way you brought in MKG’s statue in the same viewfield.



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