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‘Not The Name, We Should Be Changing The Lives Of Delhi Residents’: Arvind Kejriwal On Vijay Goel’s Demand To Rename Delhi

Goel wants the national capital to be called Indraprastha or Hastinapura, or at least, be spelt “Dilli”.

Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel has reportedly asked for Delhi’s spelling to changed to “Dilli”. As per a report in the Times of India, he raised the query in the question hour session of the Upper House to which junior home affairs minister Nityananad Rai said the government would consider it if it received a proposal in this regard.

Goel also added that demands for renaming the city to Indraprastha or Hastinapura had been raised earlier, but if “Delhi” had to stay, then it should, at least, be correctly spelt. “Many people are anyway confused about the name as some call it Delhi while some others call it Dilli,” Goel said.

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The national capital’s chief minister, however, would have none of it. Taking to Twitter, Arvind Kejriwal wrote, “Not Delhi; we want to change the lives of its citizens. We want to better the lives of its residents.”

Kejriwal questioned Goel’s demand, asking, “How will a name change bring about development?” He added that the people of Delhi could only be happy and prosperous when the government provided their children with a decent education, provided them with good healthcare, roads, electricity and water.

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Kejriwal wasn’t the only one to slam Goel’s proposal. Historian Rana Safvi, speaking to ToI, said: “Any name change would need a lot of expenditure. Goel needs to look at his former constituency of Chandni Chowk. The congestion there, bad roads, dangling wires, all of it creates a terrible impression on visitors. Should he not talk about improving the infrastructure? The money that would go into changing ‘Delhi’s name can be better utilised in improving civic amenities,” she said.

Historian Swapna Liddle too told the daily, “Apart from all the cost and inconvenience, if we change it, which one should we go back to? History suggests both were in use.”

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