Connaught place, now named Rajiv Chowk, was constructed by the British around the same time other structures including the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament building were being constructed. Together, these structures were a symbol of Imperialism. It was a show of strength for the colonists, and many people were displaced to make way for the construction.
However, soon after the completion of buildings, the second World War broke out, followed by the Indian Independence movement.
Today, CP, as it is fondly called, is a hub of commercial activity and a favourite hang-out place for thousands of people, including yours truly.
Last month, on a cool cloudy day, I went to meet a friend at CP. The breeze was strong and little drops of monsoon rain were beginning to fall. We looked at the center of the circle.
Flying high overshadowing the past, and looking over our shoulders, the Indian tricolour was at its finest.
Wishing you a very Happy Independence Day.