New Delhi: The capital of India may have been shifted back to Delhi on 12 December hundred years ago but by then it had already been the political capital of many erstwhile empires, manifesting the grandeur, style and graciousness of times past, of diverse cultures.
Children play at the site of the 1911 Coronation Durbar in New Delhi. By AP
As the city celebrates 100 years of its re-emergence as modern India’s capital, a book with pictorial references and articles about the city by eminent persons like law minister Salman Khurshid and Malvika Singh chronicling its culturally diverse heritage since Mughal era was launched here by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
The book- Delhi: Red Fort to Raisina, traces the journey of Shahjahan’s new capital of the Mughal empire Shajahanabad built on the banks of river Yamuna in 1638 to New Delhi, the new capital of British-ruled India.
With Delhi marking its 100th year of Delhi as the India’s capital, politicians, and authors came together to inaugurate a new book celebrating the city’s colourful past
“Happy birthday to all Delhiites. Of the 100 years of shifting of the capital to Delhi, I have spent 73 years here. It is a sentimental journey for me,” Dikshit said launcing the book which features some of the rare pictures and paintings charting the historical progression of Delhi.
Dikshit said Delhi is a microcosm of the entire nation and that she was proud to be a Delhiite.
The function was attended by home minister P Chidambaram, HRD and telecom minister Kapil Sibal and minister of state for defence M Pallam Raju among others.
Khurshid, who wrote an essay on Shahjahanabad in the book, said, “Delhi is a remarkable city. Delhi means so much to all of us.”