New Delhi: India's most important address 7, Race Course Road, New Delhi, may have run its course! Race Course? Chi chi chi, how unIndian, how about calling it 'Ekatma Marg'!
That may well be the new address of the residence of the prime minister of India, 7, Ekatma Marg, if BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi has her way, according to an NDTV report.
Lekhi, who is a member of the New Delhi Municipal Council, is set to formally propose the name change during the next meeting of the civic body. She has already written to the government that the current name of the road "does not match with Indian culture", the report said.
'Ekatma' is borrowed from 'Ekatma Manav', which sums up the philosophy of 'integral humanism' of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, an icon for the party and Prime Minister Modi personally.
Erasing Mughal memories, too?
In 2015, the nearby Aurangzeb Road was renamed Abdul Kalam Road after the former president. That change was proposed by another BJP member Mahesh Girri, who contended that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was a cruel ruler and should not be remembered through a positive association.
There was a demand to rename another road named after another, more sagacious ruler, Akbar, and change it to Maharana Pratap Marg, the Rajput ruler who remained unbowed to Mughal power, but the government nixed the proposal.
The Haryana government, meanwhile, renamed Gurgaon to Gurugram, to honour Mahabharata's Dronacharya, to much criticism.
Delhi -- Dilli, Dillu, Dhillika, Dehali, Indraprastha?
At this rate, will or should New Delhi, too, at some point of time, go back to one of its many former avatars as Dillu, Dhillika, Dehali, Dilli or perhaps even Indraprastha?