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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 politicalsymbolism 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.
Mushirul Hasan is Director General, National Archives of India, New Delhi. A Padmashree awardee, he is former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Rome, Virginia, Hungary, and at the Maison Des Sciences De L'Homme, Paris, as well as the International Institute of Languages and Civilizations, INALCO, Paris. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Academic Palms by the Prime Minister of French Republic in 2009.
Dinyar Patel is an independent scholar. He is also a PhD candidate, Modern South Asia, Department of History, Harvard University.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements List of Documents Introduction 1. Transfer of Capital 2. Plan of New Capital 3. Temporary Works Department 4. Site Selections 5. Land Acquisitions 6. Appeals/Protests/Requests 7. Town Planning Committee 8. Health and Environment Index