Dansk stolthet över kolonial utsugning?



Nationalmuseet i Danmark arbetar för att bevara resterna av en indisk stad som en gång styrdes av Danmark som en handelshamn. Staden heter Serampore (Srirampur) och ligger i delstaten Västbengalen, 25 km norr om Kolkata längs Hooglyfloden.  Man kan förmoda att det är med stolthet som de spenderar pengar för att bevara ett uttryck för dansk kolonial utsugning.
Hämtat från SASNET
“Danish initiative to preserve the colonial heritage in Serampore
The National Museum of Denmark aims at ensuring the preservation of the physical remains of yet another Indian city that once was controlled by Denmark as a trading port. That is the city of Serampore (Srirampur) located in the state of West Bengal, 25 km north of Kolkata along the Hoogly River. Since several years, the National Museum of Denmark has coordinated the Tranquebar Initiative, a major project to document and restore the colonial heritage of Denmark in Tranquebar (and also develop Tranquebar of today), on the Tamil Nadu coast in southern India. Tranquebar was under Danish control between 1620 and 1845. A large number of research projects have been produced, and some are still underway, on various aspects of Tranquebar (more information on the Tranquebar Inititive). The Serampore Initiative was established in 2008 with the aim of identifying and describing the physical remains of the Indo-Danish history in Serampore, and by partaking in preservation collaborations, the Initiative also wishes to explore and promote knowledge of the joint cultural heritage related to Serampore. In 1755 the Danish Asiatic Company was granted the right to establish a trading post at Serampore (the official Danish name being Frederiksnagore). The place remained on Danish hands until 1845, when the territory was ceded to the British, together with the other Danish trading post in India, Tranquebar. Apart from its role as a commercial settlement, Serampore became an important centre of education. The Baptist mission produced and disseminated printed translations of the Bible in many Asian languages. Subsequently Serampore College, which was built under the protection of the Danish King Frederik 6, ranges among the oldest institutions in Asia with the right to confer academic degrees. Serampore College still operates today, with some of its faculties being affiliated to the University of Calcutta. In 2010, Danish conservation architect Flemming Aalund and historian Simon Rastén (the two researchers who along with the ethnographer Bente Wolff make up the team behind the Serampore Initiative) published a report on Serampore’s heritage, entitled ‘Indo-Danish Heritage Buildings of Serampore‘. More information, including link to the detailed Serampore report. Read an article on the work in progress, ”Heritage hope in Danish plan for Serampore”, published in Telegraph, 13 March 2013. For updated information see Lars Eklund’s Kolkata Report 2012. In 2014, the actual renovation work has started. Read an article from Nationalmuseum, April 2014.
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