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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: New Delhi: Photo 18

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The view from the entrance of Rashtrapati Bhavan back down Kingsway, now Rajpath, with the war-memorial India Gate in the distance. The pair of buildings, called simply the North Block and South Block, house the government of India secretariat and were designed by Herbert Baker on the same general lines as the Union Buildings he had earlier designed for Pretoria. These ones, however, maintain the Indian tradition of parasol-topped turrets, chhatris. Lutyens called them "stupid useless things"--yet he, too, added them to his buildings in New Delhi.

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