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Dillis Red Fort : By the Yamuna

N L Batra

Published by Niyogi Books, New Delhi, 2007
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Contents Preface. I. A silent witness 1. Making history. 2. Delhi beckons. 3. The citadel is born. 4. Troubled times. 5. An empire is lost. 6. History on trial. 7. Tryst with destiny. Part II. Inside out 1. The fortunate citadel. 2. Gateways to immortality. 3. Yesterday's street. 4. Housing memories. 5. Passage to eternity. 6. Special space. 7. Perfect Pinnacles. 8. Teardrop in heaven. 9. Garden of life. 10. Flow of water. 11. Symbol of sacrifice. III. Preserving the past 1. Changes of time. 2. Restoring history. IV. Celebrating history 1. Moments of joy. 2. Glossary. 3. Bibliography. 4. Index. 5. Photo credits. Dilli's Red Fort by the Yamuna presents the story of the imposing Fort in red sandstone built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (1628 58). Originally known as Qila i Mubarak the Fortunate or Auspicious citadel its construction began in April 1639 and was completed in 1648. In 1659 60 Shahjahan's son and successor Aurangzeb built the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) while in 1809 Akbar II added a balcony projecting from the central side of the Mussaman Burj. The Moti Mahal the Hira Mahal and the Zafar Mahal were added by the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. A lieu replete with history mutineers defended the Fort fiercely against the British during the 1857 uprising. In the aftermath the British demolished many structures within the Fort replacing them with barracks. Under the British the Fort also doubled up as a criminal court. The first trial held here was that of Bahadur Shah Zafar charged for treason by the British for his involvement in the 1857 uprising. The historic 1945 trial of the INA soldiers was also held at the Fort. Two years later on 15 August 1947 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled independent India's flag from the Fort's ramparts the Red Fort a monument that recorded some watershed moments of the anti colonial struggle became India's lasting symbol of independence. On 28 June 2007 the Red Fort was declared a World Heritage Site. 180 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 68993

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Title: Dillis Red Fort : By the Yamuna

Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: New

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