Lutyens’ Delhi is inhabited mostly by politicians and civil servants. They are the birds of passage who have no long-term interest in retaining it.
Sociologist and pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes also coined the term ‘temple-city’ after seeing the towns of Madras Presidency.
Today’s B-towns can become culture-towns, if they don’t lose their way in malls and flyovers. The Lucknow described by Abdul Halim was one such city.
Asar-us-Sanadid was published in 1847. Yet, Syed Ahmad Khan distresses over the 'recent' increase in Delhi’s population.