Scores of cities in the country have been renamed, or proposed to be renamed, over the decades. The recent revival of this spree focuses attention yet again on the relevance and rationale of such exercises.
The adoption of the Red Fort by Dalmia Bharat has drawn flak from various sections of society. But it is not just about the Red Fort; the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme itself raises serious questions concerning preservation of monuments and urban heritage.
In a walk around the Kashmiri Gate area of Delhi organised by the KLoDB (Knowing and Loving Delhi Better) community, the author loses herself in nuggets of history and rediscovers the capital as it once was.
Cabinet-approved amendments to the AMASR Act of 1958 allow construction for ‘public works’ even within the prohibited buffer zone around nationally protected monuments, posing a real threat to these heritage structures.