Lahore during the Raj was a prosperous and cosmopolitan place, where
many communities lived together and there was a constant flow of goods,
people and ideas. In the Mughal era, the city’s strategic location at
the junction of roads to Kabul, Multan, Kashmir and Delhi made it a seat
of power and poets, artists and traders flocked there for patronage
from the royal court. The city expanded under the Sikhs as well and with
the annexation of Punjab by the British, Lahore entered a new phase.
fabled Raj-era buildings—including the GPO, the High Court and the
Museum—are widely acclaimed examples of colonial architecture. The
British lived in Civil Lines, the Cantonment and the Mall; while in the
1920s, the prestigious Indian suburb of Model Town came up which, with
its well-ordered streets, parks and bungalows, became a template for all
subsequent residential colonies in the subcontinent.
and 1940s were a time of intense cultural and political creativity and
writers and artists flourished; F.C. College and Government College were
celebrated centers of learning and there was great engagement between
Lahore and the nascent Bollywood film industry, which the traumas of
Memories of that glittering city still linger on both sides of the border.
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