National Geographic : 1947 Nov
Delhi, Capital of a New Dominion 601 Delhi Gymkhana Club, at the Racecourse, or even in many private homes. Old residents, many of whom were departing as British au thority withdrew, recognized that with the arrival of home spun-clad or angora-capped In dian politicians, New Delhi would develop new values. "New Delhi, of course, is not India," almost any Indian will point out, probably recalling Clemenceau's reputed estimate that of all the capital cities on the site this latest "will make the noblest ruins of all." Native Life in Old City To get the authentic flavor of the country, a visitor is guided to the near-by walled city. There, instead of stately boulevards, he finds tight-packed lanes mean dering between white-brick buildings that seem about to burst their seams, holding a family to a room. The need for relief of this overcrowded zone was so desper ate after the war that in recent months part of the southern wall of the city has been dis mantled to give more breathing space and a little room for ex pansion. The 300-year-old bricks taken from the wall will be re-used elsewhere. In the old city north Indian Pathans wearing flowing shirts and full pajamas mix with dhoti wrapped Madrasis. Moslems live on some streets and Hindus on others; but there are lanes where they both still live cheek by jowl despite the blood-spill ing riots of the last year. In a few square feet of space they ply their different trades, rear their children, and even tually die, to be carried away either to the burial ground or to the burning ghat. Day or night, except when a curfew is imposed, visitors wander through a complex ofAssn lanes and the bazaars of the silk Hindu India's Flag Is Raised in Washington, D. C. merchants, the ivory carvers, The saffron, white, and green banner bears Asoka's wheel, symbol of merchants, the ers, India's ancient culture, in blue. Participating in the ceremony are the tinsmiths, the flower sellers, Samuel S. Stratton, of the Far Eastern Commission; Indian Ambas the jewelers, the carpenters, the sador M. Asaf Ali; and Col. B. N. Kaul, his Military Attache.