Gurgaon is getting a new name. But instead of a name that identifies the city as the centre of all economic activity in Haryana, it will be called by a name that relates it with Mahabharata.
The Haryana government led by Manohar Lal Khattar announced that Gurgaon will now be called Gurugram. (Literally, teacher’s village.)
The government said that the name Gurugram sits well with the city because it was the land of Dronacharya – the teacher of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata.
A government spokesperson said:
“It has been known as Gurgaon since the time of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great center of education where the princes used to be provided education,” the spokesperson added.
According to the government, people of the city had themselves demanded a change in the name of the city.
But Twitterati is finding this change amusing and is having a field day making fun of it.
#Gurugram sounds a bit like one of those singing telegrams we’ve seen in American movies, but you know.. with a guru.
— Avantika Mehta (@bitingfriends) April 12, 2016
— Mimansa Malik (@Mimansa_Zee) April 12, 2016
Gurgaon is now #Gurugram & hence all the issues will be solved.
— SAAR (@WriterIntrovert) April 12, 2016
— Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha (@Mrityunjoykjha) April 12, 2016
Gurgaon is now #Gurugram.
The city is now confident of winning next year’s Graami awards.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 12, 2016
— PhD in Bakchodi !! (@Atheist_Krishna) April 12, 2016
I feel like Tom Hanks in ‘The Terminal’. pic.twitter.com/r8UujoNTjL
— Pierre Fitter (@pierrefitter) April 12, 2016
#Gurugram may have been OK a few decades ago, but wouldn’t GuruKilo have been more appropriate now? Nuh ? Ok, then…
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) April 12, 2016
Despite being a city with offices of some of India’s best companies, Gurgaon has a plethora of civic problems including improper drainage system.
At the same time, the Haryana government has also decided to change the name of Mewat to Nuh.
(The government did not say what it means and I must confess I don’t know.)