"This book is the study of human dealings with other human beings and the
adjustment of working relationship between human groups. Delhi is a
historical and ancient city. Its history and institutions form an unbroken
chain by which its past is linked with the present.
The battle-fields of Kurukshetra and Panipat have often decided the fate of
Delhi and ultimately the whole of India. Art various times the city was
attacked and looted by the outside people and they brought their own
religious beliefs, language, literature and social usages but they mingled
in the main current of human dealings.
From Indraprasth to New Delhi, the capital city had shifted and re-shifted
many times and ruled by many rulers and dynasties. Every strong ruler tried
to build his own capital city and buildings. Except for brief intervals,
Delhi remained the capital of various rulers and attracted many soldiers,
craftsmen, Sufis, religious persons, businessmen, intelligentia, artists
Every building, Mohalla, street and stone has a history of its own. Apart
from its forts and buildings, river Yamuna and the ridge have been in existence since millions of years and have played a great role in the
development of the city. Against heavy odds, in the city the people had for
a long period struggled for independence.
The authors tried to present the important events since ancient times
through the available accounts of the people in Delhi who lived through it
or were involved in that as officials, religious persons, literary persons,
commanders, invaders and rulers. The main purpose of writing this account
is to sensitize the residents of Delhi and the visitors about the glorious
past of the city."
1. Yamuna and the Ridge
2. Delhi During the Hindu Rulers
3. Delhi During the Muslim Rule
4. Delhi Before and After the British Conquest
5. Amusement and Entertainment
Index of Names
Index of Subjects