The Hush Post: Those who have visited Qutub Minar recall that the world famous monument has a distinctive red colour, due to the use of red sandstone which was used to build the structure. But on April 2, the Qutub Minar turned blue in colour.
The monument was lit up with blue lights in an effort to raise awareness about Autism. April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day, and the monument was lit up as part of the #LightItUpBlue campaign.
“Given the significance of the Qutub Minar in the national capital and in the country, having it lit up blue is an important move in showcasing India’s support for the national and international autism community. By lighting it in colour blue, we ignite the spirits of the common to see everyone as equal and learn to be as calm as the colour. The colour blue not only stands for Autism awareness, but is also considered to impart serenity in the viewer,” said the organisers.
The minaret was selected along with various other monuments across the world. Organised by the Autism Centre for Excellence (ACE), the event was conducted along with the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The ACE is a school for autistic children based in Gurgaon, Haryana.
Buildings and other iconic structures like the Niagara Falls, the headquarters of the United Nations and the White House have also been lit up with blue lights in the past.
Celebrating its 10th year, the World Autism Awareness Day attempts to bring sensitivity in people towards autism, and also aims at increasing the levels of acceptance for autistic people in mainstream society.
Archana Nayar, founder of ACE, said “We are happy and proud to light up Qutub Minar in the colour blue for the second time consecutively for Autism Awareness as a part of the international #LightItUpBlue campaign. I would like to take this opportunity to request all children, parents, and teachers of the Autism community to join hands with ACE and be a part of this noble cause.”