Hyderabad: Three centuries after the people of Hyderabad erected an obelisk to keep his memories alive, the tomb of Michel Joachim Marie Raymond, more known as Monsieur Raymond in these parts of the world, lies in a state of utter neglect.
The 23-foot pavilion, built in the memory of valiant French General Michel Joachim Marie Raymond, and tucked away in Asmangadh on the top of a hillock at Moosarambagh, has turned into a den of anti-social activities, courtesy the absolute lack of official attention. While the gate remains locked most of the time, miscreants jump over the gate and occupy the space even during daytime.
A French General in the Nizam’s Army who went on to become quite popular among the local populace, Raymond is also known for the Gunfoundry in Abids, which he set up in 1786 to manufacture gunpowder, muskets, matchlocks and pistols while in the service of Mir Nizam Ali Khan, the second Nizam of Hyderabad.
Raymond had brought together Hindus and Muslim and was popular among both communities, with people calling him Musa ‘Ram’ and Musa ‘Rahim’. The same love, apparently, has not percolated down the generations, with his tomb, originally established on a 27.2 acre plot, now having less than six acres to itself.
The condition of a smaller tomb, constructed for his pet horse and dog, too is similar. There is no signage in the place, explaining the importance of the spot or who Raymond was.
“This medieval Deccan site was listed under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. Once the government releases funds, the department will start structuring the landscape garden and will place street benches on the site” said N R Visalatchy, Director, Department of Archaeology and Museums.
“The facilities at the tomb are very limited. There are no proper signboards except one at the entrance. There are no seating arrangements, neither is drinking water available, though it has the potential to become a good tourist spot,” said Kotam Chakradhar, a visitor to the site.