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Reflecting on Delhi

Delhi was being celebrated as a capital for the first time, under British rule, a hundred years ago. This short piece from the Economist compares today's Delhi with the images of fanfare in December 1911.

"Dilliwallahs this week marked the centenary with little more than a post-colonial shrug. 'There is no hype', said one, noting officials' lack of fuss. Sheila Dikshit, Delhi's chief minister, spoke of her 'ambivalence' over it. An engineer working in a forlorn, half-renovated 'Coronation Park'-the original site of the pomp and frolics, now scattered with donkeys and neglected statues of the king and his viceroys-said residents had plenty of more recent things to celebrate."

Thanks to Michael Snidal

Full Story: Delhi’s centenary as a capital

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