A Capital Controversy (or not)

India Today editorial director M.J. Akbar writes on ‘History in Capital Letters‘.

There’s been enough said in the social media (and, possibly, conventional news media too, but us SPA students have generally been living under rocks these past couple of months) about how valid the 100-years-as-capital celebrations are, considering that Delhi was first the Slave capital, then the Mughal, then British and finally independent India’s. So, commemorating 12 December 1911 as the big date seems mighty ridiculous to some.

On the other hand, I see nothing wrong with the Delhi government’s (and other organizations’) many events, festivals and fairs in observance of the date. After all, nothing’s stopping us from recognizing other anniversaries, is there? The more celebrations, the merrier, I say!


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