Gurgaon, NCR’s industrial hub located in Haryana will be named after the mythical archery teacher in the epic Mahabharata-Dronacharya. The BJP government has decided to change the name of the city as Gurugram. State government justified the decision saying it is done according to people wishes.
“The decision to change the name of Gurgaon as Gurugram has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram,” a state government spokesman said.
According to the state government: “Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning. It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great center of education where the princes used to be provided education. Therefore, since long the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram”.
Gurugram is bordered with Delhi and Rajasthan. The Haryana government has also decided to rename the Mewat district to Nuh.
Ironically the proposal to change the name was first mooted by Congress-led Hooda government. But Congress today questioned the decision asking what is the purpose in changing the name of the city. The Congress even saw an RSS conspiracy behind the move, forgetting the fact that Hooda government in 2012 tried to rename the city.
Several Indian cities have changed her names in the last several decades either because of regional consideration or on religious grounds. It gained momentum after Tamil Nadu government changed the name of Madras into more Dravidian Chennai. After the Shiv Sena came to power in Maharashtra in 1996, it changed Bombay in to Mumbai ostensibly to cater the ‘Maharastrian pride’. The name is a combination of the words Mumba (Maha Amba) or Goddess Mumbadevi and Aayi or ‘mother’ in Marathi.
The IT capital of the country Bangalore became more regional looking Bengaluru after all major parties in the state agreed to change the name in 2012.
Though the influence of the right wing ideology could be attributed behind politicians move of changing names of major cities, all prominent political parties cutting across the ideological divide had stood for changing names from more ‘westernised’ into traditional ones. Calcutta, once the capital of the East India Company was changed into Kolkatta during left rule in West Bengal.