The altered Fauna in our cities portray a nation under the crunches of a strange dead Victorian culture. The cultural repression inflicted by the monstrous Victorian empire can be seen in the modern architecture of our nation. The Elite architecture of our country religiously pay tribute to the dead empire. Modernizing in many of our cities come with the Imperial architectural prudery. The substitution of Eastern architectural traditions with Imperial symbolisms have fundamentally altered Indian architecture. The stringent uniform Victorian barricades imposed has curbed Indian architectural fantasies with concrete tribute to the empire. One of the easiest way of cultural influence is through substitution of the regional imagery and symbolism. This is precisely what the British did. The Indian Architectural structure which was based on local traditions and norms was manipulated. The altered architecture of the society was directly responsible for a shift in societal and economic opinion among Indian masses. The Hindu architecture had a prominence of symbolism and imagery and followed a hierarchical structure that placed one deity over another. The Muslim architecture was dominated by plain architecture but less symbolism. Hierarchy was almost absent in this form of architecture. Whereas the British architecture was dominated by the then dominant culture of imperialism and segments of Christianity. The portrayal of symbolisms and imagery on interior and exterior of buildings is a borrowed concept, the Hindu architecture portrayed an exterior hierarchical portrayal of imagery while the Islamic architecture portrayed symbolism in the interior. It was from the socio-cultural domination of imperialism that the Indian architecture followed a dual representation of symbolism. The Indian architecture was complex and could not be interpreted easily by the common mass.
The secondary aim of altering Indian architecture was to simplify the architectural complexity. The combination of the simple Roman and British architecture resulted in a systematic deconstruction and simplification of Indian architectural structure. The combination of Roman and imperial architectural prudery can be prominently seen in monuments Indians consider as their legacy like the Gateway of India. The organized roads and cities were an imperial tool to strengthen the state and take control of the population. The imperial architecture subtly hands over undesirable power to the state over terrain. This is one of the reason that every authoritarian government focuses on organized cities and roads. The new designs shaped and transformed India into a submissive British colony. The Imperial architecture is designed to provide unlimited access for the state to dominate over public. Presently, the state enforced architecture does not alter the society rather it enforces the existing order. This can be seen in the allocation of land by the state to the societally defined inferior classes. The Elite domination has now transformed from the British to the home state. The state now follows the Imperial legacy of architectural discrimination and domination. The state is now making it easier to access all the terrains in the nations to assure a gateway to difficult terrains. Most of the resistance against the state comes from these areas. By making these areas accessible, the state can spread their dominant nation-wide enforced culture to these areas and enforce homogeneity. This is similar to the Imperial domination with the exception that now the domestic state is colonizing the nation.The state enforces this domination through the overwhelming support of the masses.

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