Neither BJP, nor AAP: It was Tarek Fatah who first suggested renaming Aurangzeb Road

After a green signal from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Friday, Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen's Delhi will soon be known as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

Aurangzeb road begins at the Taj Mansingh hotel near India Gate and joins Safdarjung Road near the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Representational image.

Representational image.

While Aurangzeb was the sixth and the last significant Mughal emperor to rule India, he was highly unsuccessful and was infamous for having jailed his father Shah Jahan and killing his brother in his quest for power.

Given the history, as soon as the news of renaming the road flashed on television, Twitter was abuzz with netizens hailing the AAP government for the decision.

Reports also suggested that BJP MP Maheish Girri had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider renaming Aurangzeb Road after Kalam to correct "wrongs" of history and had said it will be a fitting tribute to the memory of Kalam, widely regarded as the people's President.

But the idea of renaming the road may not have come from within India itself. The first suggestion to rename Aurangazeb Road in Delhi came from author Tarek Fatah earlier in 2015 when he toured India for four months.

Fatah is also a secular liberal activist. During a speech (watch above) in New Delhi Fatah speaking about it had told Muslims in India, "You are the only people who can destroy ISIS. But you have to do one thing. Will you be prepared to change the name of Aurangzeb Road to Dara Shikoh road?"

Dara Shikoh was Aurangzeb's eldest brother.

And as Twitter celebrated making the hashtag Aurangzeb trend, Fatah too tweeted hailing the move:


Updated Date: Aug 29, 2015 18:15 PM

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