It was only 15 years after his coronation as the “King- Emperor of India” that King George V named the city ‘New Delhi’. Until then, the city had in common parlance been referred to just as the “new capital” or “new imperial capital” or “imperial city”.
What did the British call Delhi?
Thirteen years before this decision, a letter by an Englishman in 1913 to Lord Hardinge, the Viceroy and Governor-General of India at the time, pointed out that “though the British mostly spelt and pronounced the name as Delhi, this was incorrect. In fact, the name of the place was Dilli or Dehli”.
What is India’s old name?
Though not all of India, Aryavarta was the name for the Northern region of India. A name that is still used, the Persians named India Hind or Hindustan. India is officially called Bharat or the Republic of India and is called so after the Ruler Bharata.
What are the 7 cities of Delhi?
Historians speak of the “Seven Cities of Delhi” but, between 1100 A.D. and 1947 A.D., there have actually been eight of them:
- The oldest city near the site of the Qutab Minar.
- The city around Purana Qila.
- New Delhi.
Did Maratha won Delhi?
The battle was waged by the Marathas for the control of Delhi, the former Mughal capital which was now under the control of Rohilla chief Najib-ud-Daula, as a consequence of the fourth invasion of India by Ahmad Shah Abdali.
Battle of Delhi (1757)
|Date||11 August 1757|
|Territorial changes||Delhi captured by the Marathas.|
Why is Delhi now called New Delhi?
The British originally ruled India from Calcutta, but moved the capital to the newly built district of New Delhi in 1911 because of the city’s symbolic value in India. … This region is jointly administered by a local government and the central government of India.