Just in case your readers are wondering: we are the "local" architectural concern behind the "aggressive, megalomaniacal..." proposal in Ramyata Limbu's "2,545 years later" (#41). Actually we were invited by HMG after the success of the Hannover Expo, and after their disappointment with Lumbini, JBF, UNESCO, et al to submit a proposal. The involvement of a besieged prime minister in this does not in any way detract from the merits of our proposal, which were ignored in the mad rush to ridicule and reject it. Comparing our proposal to Disneyland is curt and unfair. What our proposal really sought was a rethink on some of UNESCO's lofty concepts and debate the serious oversights in the Kenzo Tange Master Plan. As it is, even Emperor Ashoka would not have been allowed to put in his famous pillar at the nativity site. And Kenzo Tange's Sacred Garden concept would not allow it to rise beyond its present graveyard status.
Bibhuti Man Singh
Implementing Experts Group