Published On: Mon, Jan 30th, 2023

CPI MP opposes renaming of Mughal Gardens, writes to President

New Delhi: CPI MP Binoy Viswam wrote to President Droupadi Murmu requesting her to reconsider the decision of renaming the iconic Mughal Gardens to Amrit Udyan and seek the views of historians and scholars over the matter.

The MP requested President Murmu to look into “all the possibilities” for reversing such a “communally motivated” decision

In his letter, the Rajya Sabha MP termed the decision to rename the Mughal Gardens to Amrit Udyan “an arbitrary and unfortunate decision”.

The iconic gardens, located in the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan, was renamed as ‘Amrit Udyan’ on Saturday. The gardens are open to the public once a year and people can visit from January 31 this time.

Stressing that the Mughal period is an “unerasable part” of Indian history, he said that the names of places such as Mughal Gardens are “historical details” that “illuminate” a particular period of our history.

“Being part of an empire, it is true that the Mughal rulers had their positive and negative records. The same is true of Hindu empires,” he said in the letter to the President.

The CPI MP further said that the attempt to “erase” the word “Mughal” from history can be seen as an attempt to rewrite Indian history and redefine nationhood.

“What is lost in the renaming is an essential component of Delhi’s history. It is quite unfortunate that someone as honourable as you were made instrumental for implementing such a communally motivated decision,” his letter to the President reads.

The MP requested President Murmu to look into “all the possibilities” for reversing such a “communally motivated” decision.

“Henceforth, I would humbly urge you to reconsider such a decision and consult historians, scholars, and academicians regarding the matter,” he said.

While many Opposition leaders criticised the move, Union ministers and BJP leaders hailed the decision as a move towards a “new India”.

Wecloming the move, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Twitter, “This new name not only shreds yet another symbol of a colonial relic but also reflects India’s aspirations for the Amrit Kaal.”


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