Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What's in a name??

Did someone say - What's in a name anyways? Well, if one goes by the Indian political standards, there is a lot more to name.

More than half the country is named after Nehru Gandhi family. It was possibly sheer luck that during the Emergency days of Indira and the brute majority days of Rajiv, they did not make an amendment to constitution that alteast one member of each family should be names after a Nehru or Gandhi and their future generations. That actually is the only thing left.

What Congress does at the centre is done by the regional parties in states. That's why you have roads, bridges, flyovers, highways, grounds, slums, schools named after the regional satraps and their families.

In late 90s, when Nitin Gadkari was the PWD minister in BJP-Shiv Sena government, he and MSRDC has made a decision not to name the infrastructure projects after any politician. That's why we still have the Mumbai Pune Express Highway being called that instead of Indira Gandhi Road or Sanjar Gandhi Marg. It is high time, a similar policy is followed and the country is spared from turning into a Gandhistan from Hindustan.

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