Gurgaon renamed: All you need to know about Gurugram, a historic land of Dronacharya

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Haryana Government has decided to change the name of Gurgaon which is popularly known as 'Millennium city'. Now onwards the corporate hub, Gurgaon will be known as Gurugram.

People are criticising this decision on various Social media platforms. Twitterati are asking why Manohar Lal Khattar government is not paying much needed attention to improve infrastructure in the city rather than experimenting on the name front. However, Government has justified the move saying that it is the long pending demand.

Gurgaon renamed as Gurugram

Here are all the aspects of the issue which one needs to know.

Why Gurugram?

  • It is being said that prefix Guru has been taken from Guru Dronacharya who got this village as 'guru dakshina' from his students .
  • Dronacharya was the teacher of Pandavas in Hindu epic Mahabharata.
  • According to various theories, Dronacharya used to live in this village with his wife.

Long pending demand

  • In 2010, then Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon Rajesh Khullar had first raised the demand to change the name of the Gurgaon.
  • In 2012, Haryana Assembly had passed a resolution for the same.
  • It is being said that Rajesh Khullar who is Manohar lal Khattar's personal secretary is the brain behind the decision.

Small history of the Gurgaon

  • Financial and industrial hub, Gurgaon used to be a part of an extensive kingdom ruled over by Rajputs of Yaduvansi in ancient times.
  • The city was annexed by Babur when the Mughals conquered India
  • During King Akbar's reign, the city fell within the governing regions of Delhi and Agra.
  •  In 1947, when India got independence it fell under the Indian state of Punjab.
  • Gurgaon which has third highest per capita income in India came into existence as new state in 1966.
  • Part of the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, Gurgaon has current population of 1.7 million people.

Decision could be be challenged in court

  • Residents of Gurgaon are not at all happy with the decision. A RTI activist Aseem Takyar has even threathened to move court over the same.
  • Terming it a mindless decision, Takyar says that lots of resources will be wasted to change the name.
  • He was quoted as saying, "Gurgaon has made its mark on the world map because of what it is. There's no need to change its name".
  • Experts also agree that crores of rupee will go waste on making new signboards and official stamps.

Govt says Gurugram is historical name

  • Terming it a public demand, BJP government has said that decision has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several fora.
  • A state government spokesman said that 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" the spokesman said.
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