Gurugram to Gurgaon : Is it Really Needed

Gurgaon the suburban city of Delhi used to be a sleepy village may a few decades before. DLF developed Gurgaon into suburb of Delhi. Many industries came in. Many companies shifted their business process office to Gurgaon from US and Europe. Gated communities came up with exotic names for rich, famous, high and mighty.

Famous Delhi suburb Gurgaon has recently undergone a name change, courtesy government of Haryana. Gurgaon is now called  Gurugram. This name change is related to Dronacharya’s Gurukul for Kauravas and Pandavas. It is here, princes were trained in martial art. It is also the place where Dronacharya asked Ekalavya, son of a person with lesser station in life, to chop his index finger. This, Drona did so that Ekalavya did not surpass Arjuna in his martial skill of archery. 

The name change has raised a storm on news media. Those against name change, has called changing name of Gurgaon to commemorate Dronacharya reflected racist and casteist mind set of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The move was against Dalits, the caste which Ekalavya probably belonged to. Pro Manohar Khattar people have dubbed opponents as beautiful people rooted in America, as is reflected by names of their gated communities. 

To be fair, this is not the first time name of a city is changed in India. This will most likely not be the last. Names of several big cities, Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Bangalore have been changed to Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. May be many more cities will change their names. Caught in the debate of appropriateness of name change, is the issue is this the only thing of priority that Haryana CM has on his plate at this moment? What about developing public transport, quelling Jat agitation, managing dwindling underground water resource? I guess CM has got his priorities mixed up.

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