Plan to revive Agra-Samarkand linkages
had origins in Samarkand — the original seat of power of the founder of the Mughal empire, Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur. He was also born in the nearby Fargana Valley, some 500 km form the ancient city.
The new Uzbek Ambassador in India, Farhod Arziev, was in Agra last week and had detailed discussions with city mayor Indrajeet Balmiki and other officials. Balmiki said he was keen to revive the old grandeur of Agra as most architectural marvels in the city and on its outskirts in Sikandara and Fathepur Sikri trace their origins in the Uzbek city.
Arziev also reminded that many artisans who were part of the 20,000-strong work force that built the Taj Mahal had been transported form Tashkent and Samarkand.