ISBN 9788174791672,Coloinal Delhi: Imperial and Indigenous

Coloinal Delhi: Imperial and Indigenous


A. K. Jain


Kaveri Books



Kaveri Books

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788174791672

ISBN-10 8174791671


Number of Pages 240 Pages
Language (English)

Indian History

Delhi is a symbol of India's plural cultures. In 1911, King George V announced the shifting of India's Capital from Calcutta and New Delhi was planned as a showpiece of the glory and magnificence of the British. With the coming up of New Delhi, Shahjahanabad, once one of the most beautiful city of the orient was devalued as a dilapidated, congested, dark, dirty and overcrowded city. To improve the Old City the government in 1937 constituted the Delhi Improvement Trust (DIT). The DIT took up various townships, residential and slum improvement schemes together with industrial and commercial schemes, which covered about 4,000 Ha of area. These were not the showpiece of Raj, like New Delhi but mark an era of transition of Old Delhi towards planned development. This book describes the tale of the colonial twins- the Imperial (New) and DIT's Delhi. It highlights their interconnections, geographies and contrasting perspectives.