This Article is From Sep 20, 2016

PM Not On Race Course Road Anymore? Here's What BJP Lawmaker Suggests

PM Not On Race Course Road Anymore? Here's What BJP Lawmaker Suggests

Race Course Road, which is the address of the Prime Minister of India, may change to Ekatma Marg

New Delhi: India's most important address may not be known as 7, Race Course Road much longer. 

The street in Delhi on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi lives may be renamed to "Ekatma Marg", if a BJP parliamentarian's suggestion is accepted by the government.

BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi has written to the government that the current name of the road "does not match with Indian culture".

Ms Lekhi, a member of the New Delhi Municipal Council, is set to formally propose the name change in the next meeting of the civic body that is in charge of the centre of the city, which houses top government offices, roads and bungalows.

The BJP leader said that renaming the road on which the prime minister stays is important for the sake of a fitting tribute on the birth centenary of the party's icon Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. "Ekatma" is borrowed from "Ekatma Manav", which sums up Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's philosophy of "integral humanism", say party leaders.

Last year, one of Delhi's most elite addresses not far from Race Course Road - Aurangzeb Road - was renamed after former president APJ Abdul Kalam, to mixed reactions.

The change was recommended by BJP's Mahesh Girri, who said that Mughal ruler Aurangzeb was a cruel figure in history and does not deserve to be remembered in this way. Many historians and columnists, however, argued that the name was a part of history.

There was also a demand to rename Akbar Road to Maharana Pratap Marg but the government nixed it.

The renaming of Gurgaon, the multinational hub, to Gurugram left the government facing much criticism earlier this year.