expressed a rational, well-planned city, where the Viceregal Palace
  symbolized the paramountcy of the British empire over the native rulers,
  who affirmed their loyalty to the King.
  With its wide, straight, tree lined boulevards the city has often been
  compared to Paris of Haussman. The resemblance is strengthened by the
  enormous All-India War Memorial Arch (now known as India Gate, it was
  built to commemorate soldiers killed in World War I) that stands in
  Prince’s Park, astride the Kingsway.
  But much of Lutyens’ Delhi eventually remained on paper, because the
  rapid decline of the British Empire meant that Delhi remained an
  unfinished city. The Delhi that might have been – the institutions,
  hospitals, libraries, museums, offices that were doubtless intended to fill in
  the capital.
  Post-Independence Architecture
  The post-Independence period saw the emergence of two schools of
  thought in architecture – the Revivalist and the Modernist.
• The Revivalists, who advocated “continuity with the past”, could not
  break the shackles of the colonial legacy and left no significant impact on
  the neo-Indian architecture.
• The Modernists too depended heavily on the European and American
  models and tried to adopt them in India without taking into consideration
  the regional aspirations, diversities and requirements.
  The contemporary Indian architecture was also beset with other problems
  like population explosion, lack of vision among the planners, lack of
  support from the government and a less than satisfactory standard of
  architecture education. The result was that during the initial years after the
  Independence, foreign architects continued to play a leading role in Indian
  Jawaharlal Nehru had called for an open architectural competition for the
  design of the Ashoka Hotel in 1956, which was won by B.E. Doctor, an
  architect from Bombay. Using technology to create large pillar-less
  spaces, Doctor created a facade that borrowed from Islamic, Hindu,
  British and modern architecture.
  Indian architecture witnessed a revolution when the Punjab government
  engaged Le Corbusier to design        the new city of Chandigarh. Built in