Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Rajpath to Kartavya Path: Centre’s renaming draws flak

Central government’s decision to rename historic Rajpath and central vista lawns in New Delhi as ‘Kartavya Path’ have prompted an outpouring of criticism from the Opposition ranks.
While some of them welcomed the move and termed it as a ‘positive change’, a slew of lawmakers from the Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal and other parties have lashed out at the BJP and the Narendra Modi-led government, even others lauded the plan.
TMC leader Mahua Moitra on Tuesday took a swipe, saying she hopes the new official residence of the prime minister will be named ‘Kinkartavyavimudh Math’, which literally means ‘bewildered monastery’.
“First Race Course Road became Lok Kalyan Marg…now Rajpath became Kartavya Path. But today’s biggest challenges like unemployment, inflation/deteriorating social harmony if it has a positive effect then everything is acceptable. Silence on people-oriented concerns and ability is only for roads. What if you want to change the name?” tweeted RJD’s Manoj Jha in Hindi.
“Excellent decision to change name from ‘Rajpath’ to ‘Kartavyapath’ – reminder of basic essence of public service that it’s not “right to rule” but ‘duty to serve’,” tweeted former Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill.
Meanwhile, New Delhi Municipal Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to approve a proposal of renaming. The proposal has been received from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and this will be placed before the Council in the special meeting.