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From Ghalib's Dilli to Lutyen's New Delhi: A Documentary Record

Mushirul Hasan (Editor) Dinyar Patel (Editor)

Coinciding with the centenary year of what is now known as New Delhi, this collection of documents illuminates the infant capital's evolution between the years of 1911 and 1914. It includes letters, reports, and memoranda that describe the initial hurdles encountered - administrative, financial, legal, military, and interest group-based - in establishing a new capital city. By bringing together official government correspondence, this volume captures some of the debates and discussions surrounding imperial Delhi (as the new city was popularly known during its construction), revealing the highly bureaucratic and oftentimes fractious nature of the process. Presenting primary material from the first few years of the capital's existence, this volume will complement the existing literature and demonstrate how several features of the built city - such as its political symbolism and its relationship with the old city - were of concern to government officials right from the project's inception. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of modern Indian history as well as the general reader.

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About the author

Mushirul Hasan

Mushirul Hasan, renowned historian and scholar, has authored Legacy of a Divided Nation: India’s Muslims Since Independence (1997); John Company to the Republic: A Story of Modern India (2001); Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society (2002); From Pluralism to Separatism: Qasbas in Colonial Awadh (2003); A Moral Reckoning; Muslim Intellectuals in Nineteenth-century Delhi (2004); The Nehrus: Personal Histories (2006); Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia (Niyogi Books 2006) and Wit and Humour in Colonial North India (Niyogi Books, 2007).

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Title From Ghalib's Dilli to Lutyen's New Delhi: A Documentary Record
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.01.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0198084994, 9780198084990
length xliii+296p., 25cm. + 1 CD-ROM.
Subjects History