Coronation Park, Delhi

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    The announcement at Kingsway camp
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    the centerpiece attraction
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    coronation park
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    Shifting of the Capital!

    by husain Updated Mar 5, 2007

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    Kingsway camp, on the outskirts of Delhi, was the venue of King-Emperor George V's Coronation Durbar in 1911. After much intense debate about the merits of the capital remaining in Calcutta, or moving to the much more central (therefore easier to administer from) Delhi. The uprising of 1857 and the independence movement subsequently had possibly shown the constraints in administering the country from Calcutta- in the east. Several other cities were considered as possible options for the new capital as well...
    The announcement was made by the King at the Durbar, that the capital of the Raj was to be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi.
    It was a closely guarded secret and it caught several people unawares. After being reduced to being a provincial capital under the Raj until now, Delhi was finally restored to its former glory

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    Nostalgia and the Raj

    by husain Updated Mar 5, 2007

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    Coronation park, Delhi's junkyard of history, lies on the outskirts of town near Kingsway camp. It houses statues of once powerful British monarchs that ruled India. The centerpiece attraction here is one that towers above all the others around it- a 50 ft high marble statue of King George V, which initially stood under the canopy in front of India gate...
    The statues were brought here from their various lofty pedestals that they once sat upon. Today they lie neglected here and very few visitors show up. The site itself isnt very well known either...

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