The BJP in Delhi has requested for names of roads that “symbolise Muslim slavery” to be renamed. Tughlaq Highway, Akbar Highway, Aurangzeb Lane, Humayun Highway and Shahjahan Highway needs to be renamed, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta has written to the civic physique NDMC.
Mr Gupta has advised that Tughlaq Highway needs to be renamed Guru Gobind Singh Marg, Akbar Highway needs to be known as Maharana Pratap Highway, Aurangzeb Lane needs to be Abdul Kalam Lane, Humayun Highway needs to be Maharshi Valmiki Highway and Shahjahan Highway needs to be named after Normal Bipin Rawat.
आज @tweetndmc के चेयरमैन को पत्र लिखकर मुगल काल से गुलामी के प्रतीक मार्गों के नाम बदलने की मांग की।
तुग़लक रोड – गुरु गोविन्द सिंह मार्ग
अकबर रोड – महाराणा प्रताप रोड
औरंगजेब – अब्दुल कलाम लेन
हुमायूँ रोड – महर्षि वाल्मीकि रोड
शाहजहाँ रोड – जनरल बिपिन सिंह रावत रोड
— Adesh Gupta (@adeshguptabjp) Could 10, 2022
The Delhi BJP president additionally says Babar Lane needs to be renamed after freedom fighter Khudiram Bose.
The Congress headquarters are at 24, Akbar Highway.
Such modifications are authorised by a panel of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the civic physique that has jurisdiction over roads in central Delhi, the seat of energy within the capital with prime authorities workplaces and houses together with these of the President and Prime Minister.
Requests are put up earlier than the NDMC council, a 13-member physique headed by the chairperson.
The foundations say renaming requests ought to keep in mind historical past, sentiment and whether or not a character must be acknowledged in that method.
However the NDMC’s guidelines assert that renaming is an exception.
Because the BJP got here to energy in 2014, a renaming spree in Delhi and BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh have fuelled a lot controversy and debate.
In 2015, Aurangzeb Highway was renamed after former President APJ Abdul Kalam. A 12 months later, the Race Course Highway, the elite handle for the Prime Minister’s residence, was modified to “Lok Kalyan Marg”.
Whereas historians object to modifications that seem to tinker with historical past, the BJP has made it a query of restoring nationwide delight by putting off symbols of slavery beneath Mughal and colonial rule.
Such name-change workout routines have additionally divided folks and political events prior to now.
The long-lasting Connaught Place in Delhi was renamed as “Rajiv Chowk” when the Congress was in energy, amid huge criticism of the “sycophantic” suggestion by a celebration chief. The brand new identify by no means actually caught on.