‘Pandora’s box’: CPM, JD(U) object to renaming of Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asked him to direct the NDMC to not rename Aurangzeb Road as Abdul Kalam Road.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 2, 2015 3:00 am


Aurangzeb Road, renaming of Aurangzeb Road, APJ Abdul Kalam road, CPM, JD(U), NDMC, Sharad Yadav, Narendra Modi, india news, nation news Ironically, the BJP’s office is on a road named after a king who converted millions of Hindus and Jains to Buddhism. If Aurangzeb must be exorcised, what about Ashoka?

A day after BSP chief Mayawati objected to the renaming of Aurangzeb Road after late President APJ Abdul Kalam, the CPM and JD(U) also opposed the move of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

“The renaming of the road is a very unfortunate measure since it is widely regarded as a first step in a campaign to rename historical places and roads on communal grounds,” the CPM said in a statement.

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JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asked him to direct the NDMC to not rename Aurangzeb Road as Abdul Kalam Road. “I am not going into the details of the personality of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, but I would like to mention that history cannot be changed by just tearing pages,” Yadav wrote. Delhi’s history, according to him, could be read even through names of its roads. The renaming would be a deviation from history, he added.

Besides, the JD(U) chief maintained, that the renaming will amount to opening of a Pandora’s box. “I am of the opinion that we should not touch sensitive issues, rather non-issues, and instead concentrate on important national issues.”

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  1. B
    Sep 2, 2015 at 5:49 am
    These parties like CPM, JDU, BSP have been so frustrated and bereft of issues, they are now speaking like anti-nationals. Gradually they will be buried under the carpet. The process has already begun. JDU will lose all its relevance in the present election. BSP could not win a single seat in LS and CPM has already been kicked out from WB, but only after they destro the state.
    1. Chandrashekhar Deshpande
      Sep 2, 2015 at 9:08 am
      The So called 'Secularist' including new fin JDU with CPM should start secularism right from their homes. Mr.Yechuri (As it is informed is married to Muslim lady) should give Muslim name to his son/daughter so as Laloo should change the names of his children first then make an attempt to fight for change.,
      1. c
        Sep 2, 2015 at 9:30 am
        I know leaders of Congress, JDU, CPM and BSP are dumb but didn’t expected so dum-dum such as changing the street name is considered as changing the history books.
        1. V
          Sep 2, 2015 at 7:09 am
          nice to know that the Marxist are still alive in India, I thought they got extinct..
          1. K
            KS KUMAR
            Sep 2, 2015 at 6:07 am
            When Victoria Terminus station was renamed as CSTM there were not many objections. But now if Aurangazeb name is to be removed secular parties are objecting. If they wish they can name their children or parties after Aurangazeb and allow other Indians to remove his name.
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