Sunday, March 05, 2006

What was that again?

The penchant for naming things after the progeny of Jawaharlal Nehru has not abated. As I went through this years budget proposal, it came back to me. The dispensation of the Congress to name everything after Jawarlal Nehru or his progeny never ceases to amaze.

Just when I thought that the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana(RGGVY) was the last of them, the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM) appeared on a blind curve on the budgetary speech. Under institutions of excellence there is a Rajiv Gandhi Centre of Biotechnology. Were these names decided by contests by any chance?

The Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission also features in the budget.
Remember Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), that many people got confused with Awaaz yojana and instead of houses, many allottees got a tape recorder - not sure if it still exists these days though. Indira Vikas Patra (not to be confused with India Vikas Patra) was launched a few years back (not sure if they exist any more). And these are just the ones off the top of my mind.

Therefore, in the new city that is being created under JNNUR (cities to be named appropriately, JNNUR - 1,2 and so on unless decided otherwise), houses would fall under IAY (if it still exists). Water would be dependent on RGNDWM and electricity would be dependent on RGGVY. But we let that pass.

All around us there are of course countless Nehru science centres, Nehru dams, Nehru canals, Nehru townships, Nehru conference rooms, Nehru nagars, Nehru port trusts, Nehru museums, Nehru circles and Nehru bridges all over the country. Then we have Indira Gandhi airports, Rajiv Gandhi circles and what not.

If the Golden Quadrilateral scheme were to be relaunched it would perhaps be Jawaharlal-Indira-Rajiv highway scheme with all traffic islands, flyovers and speedbreakers named so. Golden Quadrilateral, Sarva Shiksha abhiyan and so on were missed opportunities!

Most cities in India have an Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road is Mahatma Gandhi road as is KG road Kempegowda road) and a Tilak Nagar. In Bombay there is only Chatrapati Shivaji. The airport is CS airport, the railway station is CS terminus. There are atleast 40 bus stops with a prefix or suffix of Shivaji and a few hundred slum colonies that are Shivajinagar or Sambhajinagar. That is without counting the statues.

Atleast these are named after historical personalities. Tamil Nadu apparently is trying to change its name to Jaya Nadu. After Jaya TV, Jaya radio, Jaya computers and Jayasoft, the next target is to launch a Jaya iPod with a cape over it. Buses are named Jaya, as are the bus stops. Rumour is that in Tamil Nadu nobody ever gets lost. They want to go to a place called Jaya by Jayabus and they always reach it.

To reach Nehru nagar, take an auto from Indira Gandhi international airport till Rajiv Gandhi Circle...


Prasanth said...

Hehehe. Reminds me of an incident a few years back in Bangalore. I was going to my relatives place and they asked me take bus number 4H to Kempahonanaya - some thing place. I boarded the bus and then the conductor told me that the bus does not go there. Confused, i was preparing to get down from the bus when the conductor issued a ticket to another guy who was going to Frazer Town which is exactly where i wanted to go!! - Frazer town was renamed as as Kempa something - which apparently the conductor did not know. So much for renaming places and streets.

Anonymous said...


Which planet are u from? Where did you see/hear Jaya radio. Jaya computers/ Jaya soft/ Jaya bus? dont blabber !!!