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November 07, 2005


In India Mahatma Gandhi is a big favorite for naming roads. In recent times invariably the names of the members of the Nehru-Gandhi family are being selected for naming universities, airports and other institutions.Another peculiar feature has been renaming streets and buildings by removing names of British/foreign(?) origin. So in Mumbai Victoria Terminus is now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Santa Cruz Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport!

I can understand the natural tendency to want to get rid of names that were put on Indian streets and edifices by the British honoring themselves. No one wants to be reminded of 200 years of colonization. But some English should be retained as part of history - especially my favorite, Connaught Place in New Delhi.
As for renaming them, names of artists and intellectuals (both of national and international repute) should be preferred over the Gandhi-Nehru-Gandhi families.

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