New Delhi. In an initiative to stop people from writing on the walls of historical monuments, Facebook has decided to create a separate wall at all such monuments in India, on which tourists, especially domestic ones, would be allowed to write whatever crap they want to write.
While making the announcement, Facebook India head Mitra Sharma reiterated company’s commitment to provide platform to users for venting out their wisdom and stupidity.
“We noticed that people often feel the desire to write something as soon as they reach some historical monuments, which is similar to what people feel once they log in to Facebook. But unlike Facebook, there are no such walls at those monuments, which causes people to indulge in vandalism and defacement,” explained Mitra Sharma while addressing a joint press conference with the ASI chief.
“Since requests and warning boards by ASI have not stopped people from writing stuff on monument walls, we thought to help ASI by giving them a separate wall for every protected monuments, where romantic tourists can draw ‘heart with arrow’ and write ‘Raja luv Pinki’ to register their presence,” Mr. Sharma continued.
ASI too has expressed its happiness over Facebook’s proposal, terming it a huge respite.
“Most problematic were young lovers; let’s hope that now they will use the Facebook walls and spare the old walls of forts and temples,” said an optimistic ASI chief. He also promised to safeguard and preserve those Facebook walls for ages. “We will make sure that symbols created by lovers will remain there for generations, just like Taj Mahal.”
ASI feels that creation of Facebook walls will give emotional and talented tourists a cool alternative to showcase their talent and emotions. To make sure that people write on walls given by Facebook and not monument walls, ASI will put up boards that will request and warn people not to write on Facebook walls.
“This will encourage them to use the walls,” a senior ASI official told Faking News, “We are just trying to end this proxy war between ASI and common public.”
While this appears to be a sensible solution, a few monument wall writers have opposed Facebook’s intervention in local matters.
“Writing on a wall which is 200 and 300 years old is altogether a different experience. An electronic wall can’t give you the same pleasure. Just like whisky, older it gets, finer it becomes,” said Likhawat Kumar, a resident of Varanasi and an extremist wall writer, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday by taking his fellow wall writer friends to a 1200 years old monument.