Photograph and text Medha Malik Kudaisya [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Secretariat Complex. Delhi. 1930s. designed by Sir Herbert Baker. It houses the offices of various administrative departments in two sections, called 'North Block' and 'South Block'. This is a view of the 'North Block' complex.

Left: Dominion Columns. Right: Secretariat Complex, North Block. Delhi. 1930s. The arch of the middle gate carries an inscription which boldly proclaims: 'Liberty will not descend to a people: a people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed.' [Click on these images for larger pictures.]

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