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Monarchy-prefixes in names of roads

It is ridiculous that roads in Delhi are named after erstwhile monarchy rulers of Gwalior state with monarchy-prefixes of Rajmata and Shrimant before Vijaya Raje Scindia and Madhavrao Scindia respectively. Since mother-son duo has been prominent leaders of BJP and Congress, both the major political parties ignore such an unhealthy practice. Pre-fix Shrimant was added much after the road was named originally as Madhavrao Scindia Marg. If roads named after Ashok, Prithviraj do not have popular pre-fix Samrat, it is senseless to add monarchy pre-fixes before names of roads named after Vijaya Raje Scindia and Madhavrao Scindia. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) must remove monarchy pre-fixes from roads named after Vijaya Raje Scindia and Madhavrao Scindia. Even an important road connecting city-airport is simply known as Madhavrao Scindia Road without any monarchy pre-fix.

Since literature rules do not allow popular nouns including names of roads to be translated, the important road must no longer be known as Parliament Street.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

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