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September 07, 2015

Street Politics

A city that honours leading poets and scientists would sound much better and feel more elevated than one that recognises second-rung politicians, says T N Ninan in this Business Standard column.


".....India, given the country’s and also Delhi’s quite different history, has been understandably nationalistic. It therefore was quick to replace British street names like Curzon Road with Kasturba Gandhi Marg, and York Road with Motilal Nehru Marg. Still, streets named after Josip Broz Tito and Olaf Palme have a singular lack of resonance with the city’s residents, most of whom would not also be able to correctly pronounce Benito Juarez Marg"


"....If a street in the capital can be named after Copernicus, why not honour our own Aryabhata, a pioneer in the classical age of Indian mathematics and astronomy? This would be perfectly in keeping with the ethos that led to the naming of the city’s diplomatic enclave as Chanakyapuri. If you prefer someone more contemporary, there’s always Ramanujam. Other candidates might be Satyendra Nath Bose and CV Raman...."

TAGS: cities , India , Delhi
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