Riding on Mughal glory, India’s Ahmedabad makes it to world heritage list; Mahesh Trivedi; Al Arabiya


India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

A historical city in India, notorious for bloody communal riots until only a few years ago, has finally covered itself with glory.

Founded by Mughal emperor Ahmad Shah on the banks of the Sabarmati river in 1411, the 5.5-square-kilometre walled city of Ahmedabad dotted with some 2,600 heritage sites in its 500-odd narrow labyrinthine lanes and bylanes has just been accorded the status of a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Though Ahmedabad, the largest city in Prime Minister’s home state of Gujarat, witnessed violent Hindu-Muslim clashes in 2002 when Narendra Modi himself was the chief minister, it is not for nothing that the Paris-based agency has bestowed the rare honor on this former Manchester of the East.

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