Coronation park: legacy of the raj

Apurva vats, Class-IX

HISTORY IN CAPITAL LETTERS

On visiting the Coronation Park, we came to know of our rich and cultural heritage. It is one of the famous buildings were built by the British. In 1863, the British occupied Delhi after defeating Marathas, who had been in control of the city. Three Durbars were held at the Coronation Park — the first in 1887, the second in 1903, and the final one in 1911. In 1911, King George V and Queen Mary themselves came here to make two important declarations. All major rulers of India at that time were present at this Durbar. It was held in December. The first one was that the Capital of British India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi, and the other was the annulment of the Partition of Bengal. They also declared that India would now be ruled directly by the King and Queen of England, thereby ending the rule of the East India Company. So a new British Residency was built in Delhi. Coronation Park contains the statue of King George V, along with some the Viceroys of the British, including Lord Willingdon and Lord Hardinge. There were supposed to be many statues but only seven of them are left now, thanks to Indians. It is a good memorial place. But the main entrance to this place is poor. Government must take some steps to preserve it.

Divya, Class-IX

Quest is a project conducted by The Indian Express in schools in and around Delhi. It covers more than 50 schools in Delhi and NCR.

Quest aims at stirring awareness and opinions. Today, when all that children see are shopping malls and cineplexes, we at The Indian Express want to show a completely different picture of this city to them. Delhi has changed beyond nostalgia and recognition since Independence. How many of these kids know of the 'Seven Cities' of Delhi or the stories of the pigeon fliers of Old Delhi?

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