It took blood, sweat and sacrifices of thousands and then Chambaili was formed. In 1960 was decided to build it. It took 8 years to build it, public also joined hands to build this monument with cost of Rs 500,000. The foundation was laid on March 23, 1960.
The tower rises above a platform shaped like a five-pointed star. The terrace is three feet from ground level, the platform’s height is about six feet, and the star platform is about 12 feet high. It is surrounded by two crescent-shaped pools, four feet deep and lined with green and red marble. The tower has a spring shaped hall spanned by arches. The rostrum facing Badshahi Mosque is a quadrant constructed with Mughal patterned tiles. The circular diameter of the tower is 320 feet. The petals, 30 feet high, look like a blooming flower. The total height of the structure is 203 feet from ground level. On the marble slabs of the central shaft are inscribed a brief history of the Pakistan Resolution in English, Urdu and Bengali, the 99 names of God and poetic verses from Allama Iqbal. The tower has 10 vertical covering slabs interlaced with flower petals and glazed cement domes, with a sightseeing platform and a central spiral staircase.
A flower for many, a symbol of peace for some, a mark of revolution to begin for most of us. What is Chambaili you must be thinking?!
For me its a flower of truth that grows in your heart to a voice of freedom and then into an expression of justice.
A Chambaili was born in the eyes of every Pakistani when Pakistan resolution was passed on March 23, 1940 and the main tower of this memorial was completed on March 22, 1968. The location was originally known as Minto Park. It was here that the historic session of the All-India Muslim League was held on March 23, 1940.
The design of the base and the first four platforms depict the history of the Pakistan Movement through architectural symbols. Rough stones and cement have been haphazardly laid representing the chaotic conditions and the lack of direction in the early stages of the freedom movement of the Indian Muslims. The stones used for the first platform are rough Taxila stones. Hammer-dressed stones are used on the second platform. On the third platform are laid chiseled stones, while the fourth and final platform is of highly polished marble, symbolizing the ultimate success of the freedom movement.
It’s time now again! Let’s get ready, we are about to be a Nation who have sat there and waited for change for long, we need to join hands, forget the stereotype syndrome, remember that we are brothers and sisters first, sons and daughter of the same mother land. Its time for Action. Supporting green should be your cause, Rising as a nation should be your purpose and Avoiding more segments then already your mission.
Is it just them or have we lost the significance of our motherlands significance?, is it them or we are not sure what’s right or what’s not?, is it me or its time we take charge and change the Nation as it goes?, is it just me or the CHANGE has just begun.?
Where ever I see, I see people raising voices, fighting for their rights, the darkness trying to outshadow them but the Chambaili growing slowly once again. Now people of my nation are out to support the concerns, they want to cure and heal whats done to us in the past. Time to be united is now once again!
Do you have the Chambaili in you?