INDIA: In a historic event, the central axis of India’s capital city is renamed. Delhi, the national capital, extending from the Raisina Hill complex to India Gate, was previously acknowledged as the ‘Kingsway’ under colonial rule and later renamed ‘Rajpath’ before Independence, now in the current change, it is relabeled as ‘Kartavya Path.’
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his website, delineated the move and wrote, “symbolises a shift from erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power to Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment.” Delhi is the city of rainbow dreams because formerly, it was reconstructed seven times, followed by the eighth sunrise of September this year.
During the inaugural ceremony, Modi talked about the Kartavya Path and mentioned the king’s baldachin that had occupied the canopy. The Kingsway or Rajpath was a “symbol of slavery”, and it has now been a bequeathing history.
In the year 1911, King George V and his wife, Queen Mary, laid the foundation stone on December 15 for the ‘new capital’ of the British Raj. Renowned architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker have taken the pledge to construct the new capital city, and the craftsmen have spread their speciality in the best cities like Europe and America.
The core of this Indian capital was previously the Raisina Hill complex, housing the majestic Viceroy, now Rashtrapati Bhavan. Simultaneously, the city built between the two World Wars took over 20 years to complete. Then it was inaugurated on February 13, 1931, in the presence of the same Viceroy.
The member of NDMC and Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi said, “However, after 75 years of Independence, it is felt that the name of Rajpath needs to be changed, in tune with the values and principles of democracy and a contemporary, new India. The Kartavya Path will also inspire everyone who visits or crosses the road to perform their duties towards the country, the society, and their families.”
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