The Haryana Government on Tuesday decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram and its neighbouing district Mewat as Nuh.
Announcing the decision, an official spokesman said the decision to change the name of Gurgaon had been taken on the basis of the representations received at several forums.
He said Haryana was a historic land mentioned in the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a great centre of learning, where Guru Dronacharya used to provide education to the Pandavas and Kauras.
The town derived its name from Guru Dronacharya; the village was given as “gurudakshina” to him by his students, the Pandavas, and hence it came to be known as Gurugram.
This name in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon. Therefore, the people of the area had been long demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram.
The spokesperson said that Mewat, in fact is a geographical and cultural unit and not a town. It is spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining States of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town. The people of the area and the elected representatives had been demanding the name change of Mewat to Nuh. He said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved the proposal to change the names.
However, the proposal would now be forwarded to the Government of India for its approval and come into force only after a Gazette Notification.
A committee of councillors had also sent a proposal to the government in this regard.
The renaming, however, evoked mixed reactions. While Deputy Commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash said it would not hamper the administrative work, some felt that it would entail unwarranted expenses and the city had already made a place for itself in the global map as Gurgaon.
Changing Gurgaon’s name to Gurugram, however, does not follow the earlier pattern of renaming cities. When Calcutta became Kolkata, or Bombay Mumbai, or Madras Chennai and Bangalore Bengaluru, all that happened was cities shed their anglicised names and went back to the prevalent vernacular version. Bengalis, speaking in their language, anyway called Calcutta Kolkata. The same applied to Tamils speaking in their mother tongue, calling Madras Chennai. Gurgaon, however, was a vernacular name, and the renaming by the BJP government in Haryana seems an attempt to shine the light on a mythical past.
Source: The Hindu