The Haryana government recently announced that it would change the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram (and Mewat to Nuh). While everyone is already pointing out the uselessness of such name changes, we thought it would be a good idea to also include the logic behind the name change and bring to you an overall neutral perspective. Here it is.
The justification for name change of Gurgaon:
- Gurugram, to an extent, communicates the origin of the city better than Gurgaon. Gurugram = Guru+Gram; Guru stands for Guru Dronacharya and Gram is the Hindi word for village (though technically Gurgaon more or less means the same and “gaon” means a village too). Guru Dronacharya (the famous teacher of the Pandavas in the ancient mythological story of Mahabharata) is believed to have resided here in an ashram with his wife Mata Sheetla. The village was offered to him as ‘guru dakshina’ by his students. A temple dedicated to Mata Sheetla still exists in old Gurgaon. The Gurgaon Mayor said that the name change would bring people closer to the ‘rich heritage’ that Gurgaon (once had but) lost eventually due to rapid urbanisation.
Why a name-change does not really make much sense:
- All official documentation (signages, listings, hundreds of websites and their URLs) would need to be changed – nothing but an unnecessary waste of government and corporate money and time. At the same time, can a name change really make anyone care more about the history of a city anyway? If not, then why bother?
- Gurgaon’s deputy mayor Parminder Kataria says he got the idea for Gurgaon’s new name from RSS branches. The RSS office ‘Madhav Bhawan’ in sector 12-A has used Gurugram in its address since a long time. So is this name change just an unnecessary attempt at RSSification of a city in the name of heritage make-over? (Source)
We at Neutral News are neither for nor against changing the names of cities. We simply want to present all perspectives, so that you can draw your own conclusions.
Original post by Neha Kirpal, edited by Amrit Vatsa