Delhi – The Citadel of Tolerance-Adaptability-Flexibility (TAF)

Joshua Liebman has said that tolerance is the positive, cordial and deliberate effort for understanding beliefs, practices and habits of others without necessarily sharing or accepting them. Flexibility and adaptability are the other two virtuous qualities needed for survival, sustainability and sovereignty, particularly for a culturally diverse place. Delhi, the present capital city of the Sovereign Republic India had been the capital of diverse rulers including the Afghans, the Mughals, the Turks, the Rajputs and the British.

Because of its diverse cultural, religious, historical, natural and monumental significance, Delhi has been the nerve centre of attraction of tourists of varied travelling interest. It stands witness to the beauty of the ancient at one end and the magnificence of modernity at the other. Delhi as a cultural habitat has never been static; it had been the place of destruction and creation by its erstwhile rulers. Markets, mosques, minars, malls, magnanimity, museums and monuments provide magnetic power to Delhi for attracting tourists towards it.

Legend has it that Delhi is the erstwhile Indraprastha, the capital of the kingdom of the Pandavas. History evidences that the Lodhis, the Mughals, the Khilhis, the Tughlaqs, the Ghoris, the Chowhans, the Lords made Delhi as their ruling hub. Located on the river Yamuna, the diverse culture of Delhi vividly evidences the concept of tolerance, flexibility and adaptability. Located on the Yamuna.

Delhi is transformed into New Delhi, showcasing modernity at its extreme with regard to technology, education, transportation, safety, security, sanitation, habitation, tourism, sports, entertainment, trade, industries, amenities and comfort. Thus, none can suppress his urge and curiosity to visit the wonder land named Delhi.

Any visitor to Delhi feels it his first duty as a citizen of India visit Indian Gate and pay his homage to the departed souls of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the World War II and Pakistan war of 1971.

Rashtrapati Bhawan or the residence of Indian President was the residence of the Viceroys of British India. Sprawled over an area of 130 hectares, the 340 rooms and the adjoining garden is a wondrous spectacle.

The Red Fort or the Lal Quill at Delhi, built exclusively from red stone has very strong historical background. It was here that the end of the Mughal rule headed by Bahadur Shah Zafar was declared to have to come to an end. Significantly, it was here that the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru declared the end of the British rule. Thereafter, every Indian Prime Minister addresses to the nation from Lal Qila on the occasion of the Independence Day.

Other places of tourists’ interest at Delhi are the Purana Quila or the Old Fort of Humayun and Sher Shah, Jantar mantar, Humayuns’s Tomb, Jasma Masjid, Safdarjung’s Tomb, the Raj Ghat, the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi and Laxmi Narayan Mandir. Sojourned at Delhi, tourists can visit to other historical locations like the Taj Mahal at Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Mathura.

Unity in diversity is the hallmark of India which can best be realized by paying a visit to the diverse cultural city of Delhi.