Indigenous Modernities of Delhi

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This project investigated the cultural processes underlying urban transformations when global modernity engages with a particular place, locality or tradition, i.e., Delhi. From the perspective that modernity and colonialism are fundamentally connected I examine the way ‘traditional’ built forms transform to become ‘modern’ in the political context of colonialism. The dilemmas and politics of cultural transformation are more evident in places with well-articulated institutions and building traditions. Hence, this work examines Delhi, over a century of change during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as it developed from a walled city into a fragmented metropolis.