Gurgaon, the sprawling suburb outside Delhi dotted with skyscrapers and glistening malls, has undergone a change of name. It will now be called Gurugram. The Haryana Government on Tuesday decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram and its neighbouring district Mewat as Nuh. Gurgaon is Gurugram now and Mewat is Nuh now, this was such a sudden change.
The name change was announced in Chandigarh on Tuesday by the Manohar Lal Khattar government, which said it was keeping its poll promise. A government spokesperson said Guru Dronacharya, the guru of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata, had his ashram here. Officials in the chief minister’s office said the decision to rename Gurgaon was taken following representations from several forums.
This name in the course of time got distorted to Gurgaon. Therefore, the people of the area had been long, demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram.
The spokesperson said that Mewat, in fact, is a geographical and cultural unit and not a town. It is spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining States of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town. The people of the area and the elected representatives had been demanding the name change of Mewat to Nuh. He said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved the proposal to change the names.
However, the proposal would now be forwarded to the Government of India for its approval and come into force only after a Gazette Notification.
According to the 80-year-old historian, the word Gurugram is not mentioned in the Mahabharata.
SP Gupta, the director general of Haryana Institute of Public Administration, said the word Gurugram is apt given its association with the Mahabharata. The city also has a government degree college named after Guru Dronacharya, he added.
“Even in modern age, the city has emerged as a hub of world-class education. Therefore, the name gels well with the character of the city and ideally suits Gurugram,” Gupta, who is also the director of Haryana Academy of History and Culture, said.
The geographical boundaries of the city have also seen various changes in the past.
According to the official website of Gurgaon administration, the district fell within the subas of Delhi and Agra, and comprised, wholly or partly, the sikars of Delhi, Rewari, Suhar Pahari and Tijara during Akbar’s reign.
“With the decay of the Mughal Empire, it remained in a disturbed state as a consequence of fighting between the neighbouring chiefs till 1803 AD when most of it came under the British rule through the Treaty of Surji Arjungaon with the Scindhias. The town was first occupied by the cavalry unit posted to watch the army of Begum Samru of Sirdhana, whose principal cantonment was in the village Jharsa, 1.5 km to the south-east of the town. The civil offices were removed from Bharawas (tehsil Rewari) in 1821 AD, when the British frontier advanced through the acquisition of the Ajmer territory,” the website says.