The dil waali Delhi, India’s legendary capital city will compete with international level capital cities for the prestigious title of UNESCO’s – Imperial Capital Cities.
Delhi is the heart of India with the administrative capital with all apex government bodies, but it is certainly way more than that – with 218 heritage sites and a mix of multiple cultures of India, the city is “imperial” in its own. Delhi boasts monuments and architectural structures which belong to the classic royal Mughal era, the Victorian style medieval colonial period and certainly the modern era epidemics. With such a rich architectural heritage and an important role in the history, Delhi is an obvious choice for nomination for UNESCO’s Imperial Capital Cities.
The work for prepping up and spicing up the capital city for the UNESCO’s prestigious status began back in 2008 under Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and in was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Cities in 2014 under AAP Government’s tenure. But sadly just a few days before UNESCO was to announce results in 2015, the nomination was pulled out by BJP government because of ‘political agendas’ and that the tag might constrain infrastructural use of certain heritage sites. The nomination for World Heritage cities was then replaced by Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and it became the first ever Indian city to become a UNESCO Heritage site.
Nominating Ahmedabad was a nice move, but restraining a culture rich city like Delhi from becoming a recognised international site just for political agendas somehow seemed partisan; after all the city is one prodigious place and being titled as a UNESCO Imperial Capital will add up in seeking international attention and boost tourism. Considering all these, Deputy CM of Delhi and also holder of Tourism and Culture portfolio – Manish Sisodia has declared that they will push the request to Centre for nomination of Delhi in the upcoming round of UNESCO’s Imperial Capital Cities list. Yay for Delhi, finally!