Image Remarks: A sketch from the city of Ghazneh during Qajar era (around 1840) made by Lt. James Rattray from the British army before separation from motherland, Colonial presence only brings misery to civilians, although the greed never quenched. Clues&Views:Irritating is the fact that invading colonists have not been able to pronounce and thus spell local names correctly and thus they have created a world of ignorance and misperceptions, moreover trying to sell it as the Western Culture. Exempts from source: Town and Citadel of Ghazneh This lithograph was taken from plate 18 of 'Afghanistan' by Lieutenant James Rattray. This sketch was made near some mosques outside the Kandahar Gate to the west side of Ghazni, a city Rattray visited several times. Ghazneh had enjoyed its principal moment of glory 800 years earlier when it was the capital of an empire extending from the Armenian mountains to the fertile plains of the Ganges. Rattray wrote that it was now again well-known, "thanks to our love of territorial aggrandizement and the occasional desertion of war's fickle deity from our ranks". He described riding slowly over a wide plain, dotted with relics of past ages, to Ghazneh: "Interspersed with this havoc of centuries, as far as the eye could reach, were a succession of rich groves, vineyards, flower-gardens, melon-beds and orchards [while] in the blue distance, its white structures just discernable from the mountains it springs from, rested Ghazneh, with its bastions, town and citadel." On September, 6 1842, Ghazneh was for a second time wrested from the Afghans by the British under General Nott. On taking possession of the city, the engineers were given two days to blow it up. When Rattray last glimpsed it, "far-famed Ghazneh was a heap of smoking ruins".
Tags :Qajar , Ghazneh , City , Painting , Afghanistan , Ghaznavi -Section :Place
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