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In Lutyens’ Delhi, Dalhousie Road becomes Dara Shikoh Road (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Third road renamed
The New Delhi Municipal Council passed a proposal to change the name of Dalhousie Road to Dara Shikoh Road, making it the third Lutyens’ Delhi road to be renamed in about a year-and-a-half.

Rationale given by the council behind renaming
The Council decided to honour Dara Shikoh for “bringing Hindus and Muslims together”. Council picked Dalhousie Road as Lord Dalhousie had annexed Awadh. As per rules of the Centre, only names given to public facilities pre-Independence can be changed, so the colonial-era Dalhousie Road could be renamed.

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