7RCR is now 7 LKM! Delhi’s famous Race Course Road, on which the Prime Minister’s residence is situated, has been renamed to Lok Kalyan Marg. This means that PM Narendra Modi’s address would now read 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, instead of 7 Race Course Road. Race Course Road was named after the Delhi race course, part of Delhi Race Club, established in 1940.
BJP MP Meenkashi Lekhi had proposed to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) that Race Course Road be renamed as Ekatma Marg. According to Lekhi, the name ‘Race Course Road’ does not match with “Indian culture”. She had come up with this proposal based on the philosophy of her party’s ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay. Upadhyay is remembered by his followers for his concept of ‘antyodaya’ (serving the last man in the queue) and ‘ekatma’ (integral humanism). PM Narendra Modi will kick off Upadhyay’s 100th birth anniversary celebrations on September 25.
However, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had opposed the proposal, demanding that the road be renamed rechristened after a martyr. AAP MLA Surinder Singh said Race Course Road should be renamed after any soldier. It appears that after much discussion and deliberation, the NDMC came up with the name ‘Lok Kalyan’.
“Racecourse is very uninspirational,philosophy of oneness of thought & beings is the ideal for which all martyrs sacrificed their life #Ekatm,” Lekhi had tweeted yesterday. Today after the renaming, Lekhi took to the social networking site and said, “Congrats! After Ekatm marg msg received from across country to make it Lok Kalyan Marg,all objections met with. RCR now #LokKalyanMarg !!”
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of the NDMC presided by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. A notification will be issued soon to complete the process of renaming the road. The NDMC has also decided to rename the Gurudwara Rakabganj round-about adjacent to the Parliament complex as Guru Gobind Singh Chowk following representations from various Sikh organisations. In the meeting, Kejriwal proposed to rename the Race Course Road after Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, but some members were not convinced. “I had proposed renaming of the road after Guru Govind Singh while Lekhi said it should be renamed as Ekatma Marg. I suggested that the PM should be consulted on this but the Council members decided that on the basis of suggestions received from public, the road should be renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg,” Kejriwal said.
(With inputs from PTI)