Delhi’s Belly | Secret republics
How the high walls of Chanakyapuri's embassies evolved, and the little-known tales that they keep safe
On 9 March 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Joseph Stalin’s daughter who had been in New Delhi for around three months, decided to go for a walk. The trouble was that she had decided to walk the short distance from the USSR embassy on Shanti Path in Chanakyapuri to the American embassy, says Gladys Abankwa-Meier-Klodt, author of Delhi’s Diplomatic Domains: Chanceries And Residences of Chanakyapuri And Imperial New Delhi. Once there, she sought political asylum in the US, says Abankwa-Meier-Klodt, the wife of a German diplomat who has been residing in Delhi since August 2011.