Arrested Decay: The Challenge of India

A s one of the world’s oldest civilizations, India has been influenced over the centuries by cultures from around the globe. From the Roman remains in Arikameddu to the Mughal architecture of the sixteenth-century Emperor Akbar and the distinctive urbanism of French, British, and Portuguese colonizers, India’s wealth is the layering of multiple cultures, each of which have been absorbed, adapted, and developed. Today, India faces new challenges in the form of unprecedented economic growth and urban development, which are forcing the nation to assimilate and adapt at a pace far greater than in the past. Such dramatic societal change has also made the preservation of India’s extraordinary heritage all the more difficult.

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