Gurgaon city has now officially been renamed as Gurugram. More than six months after the process to rename the city was initiated, the Haryana Government has now issued a gazette notification to this effect.
However, the process to rename Gurgaon district is still in pipeline and it may take another week for it to be notified.
Reason for renaming
It was in April this year that the Haryana Government had floated the proposal to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram based on the historic connect of the city with Guru Dhronacharya. The legend has it that the town derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya; the village was given as “gurudakshina” to him by his students; the Pandavas and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon.
Mixed reactions on renaming
The decision of the government to change the name of the city evoked mixed reactions. While the local BJP leaders welcomed the move, the rival political parties termed it a cosmetic measure and advised the government to better concentrate on improving the infrastructure in the city. The young, however, felt that the name did not go well with the reputation of the city and sounded old-fashioned.
Social activist Vinita Singh also started an online petition on Change.org, against the move arguing that the common citizens of Gurgaon were not consulted on this issue and demanded public consultation before approval of Haryana Cabinet on this matter.
Procedure for renaming
After the order of the state government, the proposal for the name change was sent to union government for its approval. Then, the changed name was notified through official gazette of State.