The Government of India, according to a 1913 report, had placed their requirements at 10 square miles for the new city and 15 square miles for the cantonment
What is common to Kisari Mohan Ganguli and Manmatha Nath Dutt? Towards end of the 19th century, both translated the Mahabharata, in unabridged form, from Sanskrit to English
A trip to IIT Roorkee leads to the discovery of a colonial-era engineer who has the distinction of an educational institution and a locomotive being named after him.
But was trade to Ladakh and beyond really that important, as opposed to strategic importance of the road?
There were multiple reasons for building this road - possible trade ties with Tibet, strategic cum defence reasons, connectivity to hill stations.
When one reads old district gazetteers, one marvels at the wealth of material and at the reading habits of the authors
What is a "trunk road" and who decided GT Road and BT Road should be trunk roads? Also, what does it take for a truck road to become an "imperial" trunk road?
Under the Maurya Empire, roads were built, one from Takshashila to Pataliputra and beyond. There can never be an exact match, but that's more or less what GT Road is
In 1927-28, the Indian Road Development Committee, chaired by M R Jayakar, had implicitly thought of a multi-layered network of roads, main roads and feeder roads
Before the advent of British rule, roadways in the modern sense were practically unknown; and even after its establishment there were few to be found, except within urban limits
The two most important factors in the development of Darjeeling have been the choice of the district for a health resort and the subsequent planting of tea in the hills
The district gazetteer for Howrah in 1909 has a description of the district that is considerably different from today's Howrah
What was the irrigation system like? And how were ailments treated?
Not much was manufactured in the city and one could actually see the Himalayas from Delhi, according to the Delhi Gazetteer for the period
Would you have expected irrigation and canals to lead to inferior health outcomes?