Names matter much. How can, for example, the road which houses the Prime Minister of Bharatvarsha be called Race Course Road? Since the welfare of the masses is the PM’s primary concern, the road of his residence was rechristened as Lok Kalyan Marg. Many roads in Delhi underwent such baptisms after Mr Modi became the Prime Minister of Lok Kalyan.
Aurangzeb Road became APJ Abdul Kalam Road. Dalhousie Road became Dara Shikoh Road. Akbar is all set to lose out to Maharana Pratap. While we can understand BJP’s hatred of the British and the Mughals, it may not be easy to understand why the Teen Murti Marg had to be given an Israeli name: Haifa Marg.
Recently Shashi Tharoor claimed that 23 of the welfare schemes implemented by the BJP were merely Congress schemes rechristened. Examples:
National Girl Child Day programmes → Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana
Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan → Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Rajiv Awaas Yojana → Sardar Patel National Urban Housing Mission
Indira Awaas Yojana → Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission → Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation
“All seagulls look as though their name were Emma,” said the German poet Christian Morgenstern. Under BJP all welfare schemes look as though their name were Narendra Modi.
PS. Written for Indispire Edition 189: #NAME