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New Delhi's Modernist Icons Are Under Threat

“We are being ruled by people who are, let’s say, architecturally illiterate.”
Pragati Maidan and the fair it opened for were built as opportunities to showcase the country’s progress and self-reliance.
Pragati Maidan and the fair it opened for were built as opportunities to showcase the country’s progress and self-reliance.Ashish Malhotra

Ashish Malhotra’s story was awarded for “Outstanding Arts and Culture Reporting in 2017” by the South Asian Journalists Association.

Between 1969 and 1972, Indian architect Raj Rewal worked countless 18-hour days at Pragati Maidan (which translates to "progress grounds"), a site he was designing for India’s first major international trade fair, Asia 72. His nephew Arun often tagged along, perhaps laying the groundwork for his own eventual career as an architect and urban planner. He remembers those visits fondly.