So Gurgaon is now Gurugram. Of course, social media broke into peals of laughter when the Haryana government announced this. But those who love changing names, it appears, don’t give a damn.
The report claims that VHP’s organising secretary Manoj Kumar has asked HP Governor Acharya Devvrat to discuss the matter with the Congress-led government in the state.
While the Haryana government went deep into Mahabharata and found Dronacharya’s connection to Gurgaon Gurugram, Shimla is believed to have been named after a presiding deity ‘Shyamala Devi’ – an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
But the city became what it is today because of the British. They made this place their summer capital, and everything in this city – the lanes and buildings – still carry a strong link to the time of the Raj.
Anyway, cities have risen and fallen. Names have appeared and disappeared. Life moves on. So who cares? Only an organization, maybe.