Central Vista is a personal archive of public memory. It documents the last days of a community space that was the physical and symbolic heart of Indian democracy. The government is replacing the lawns and open spaces of Central Vista with a new Parliament building, offices, and ministerial mansions.
This seemingly utilitarian repurposing of an iconic historical site displaces the multicultural, multireligious, and democratic ideas of the India I grew up with. It erases not just a colonial past but also unrestricted spaces for people to enjoy their freedom shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow citizens of very different provenance and faiths.