Gurgaon to Gurugram – the neutral perspective


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


3 thoughts on “Gurgaon to Gurugram – the neutral perspective

  1. Poonam Kirpal / April 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    The name change Mewat to Nuh is not getting as much attention as Gurgaon to Gurugram. The reason is obvious as Gurgaon is a far more established city. It seems that Gurgaon was called Gurugram some hundred years back but due to the colloquial twist it got its present name. It is nice to go back to your roots but in this case the residents are feeling cheated as they were not consulted on this vital decision. What guarantee is there that the new generation will not rename it Gurgram like instagram,or anything that flows smoothly.

  2. Change in the name of cities in India has been happening far more regularly; Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Odhisha, to name a few. And all these changes were made keeping the sociocultural background of the city in mind. Why change to Gurugram is being labelled as RSSification? Iconic Connaught Place was changed to Rajiv Chowk, while it is not a ‘chowk’ at all; I don’t recall if people called in Congressization. The change will at least remind people of the awe the teachers were held in; but then who cares about teachers now!

    • Yes name changes are happening far more regularly. But on your question of “Why change to Gurugram is being labelled as RSSification?” – it’s already answered in the post – “Gurgaon’s deputy mayor Parminder Kataria says he got the idea for Gurgaon’s new name from RSS branches. ” 🙂

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