Insight: 'Akbar Road' to be renamed next

| Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 23:33
First Published |
It is often said history is written by the victors, and 2 years ago BJP made history by storming to parliament with a thumping majority. But has the brute majority given the NDA government the right to re-write history?
This is what the opposition is asking as union minister VK Singh demands renaming Delhi's famous Akbar Road after Maharana Pratap — the celebrated warrior king of the present day Rajasthan.
 VK Singh has in fact written a letter in this regard to urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. The opposition — especially the Congress is unhappy as any renaming of Akbar Road will alter the address of the India's grand old party — headquartered at 24, Akbar Road.
 But those demanding the rechristening are not without logic either. Several roads in the national capital are named after Babur, Akbar, Humayun, Aurangzeb — all conquerors who invaded and later settled in India and gave a new direction to the country.
 Supporters of the move say what then is wrong in giving credit long due to India's heroes. How can it be dubbed an attack on secularism as the opposition charges? And can opposition actually view any move of the government and blame it on one impending election or another? Must majoritarian views be sidelined simply because they will be dubbed as anti-minority?
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Naming Roads

The major roads in Luyten's Delhi are named after Babur to Aurangzeb, and then Lodi, Safdarjung etc etc. Connaught Place renamed after Rajiv & Indira. Earlier all these places/roads had British names. Can anyone say why THE NAME OF MAHARANA PRATAP was forgotten by the ruling dispensation lead by Congress. However hard one may try to indigenize Akbar and attach greatness to him the fact remains that after Babur who was a In 1494, at eleven years old, Babur became the ruler of Fergana, n present-day Uzbekistan conquered India and his grandson Akbar after defeating Hemu (Hemchandra Vikramaditya) established the mughal rule. One can call them Indian or Uzbek. The British remained British till the end. Mughals remained Mughals till the end in 1857. The difference is in the number of voters created in the independent India by Islamic invaders versus the British. The Islamic invaders mixed their religion with politics and destroyed the India as it then existed. The fact remains that the two Indian stood in the way of Mughal were Hemu & Maharana.

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