Delhi or Dilli… another name game! Better still, why don’t they call it Indraprastha

June 19, 2009 at 7:38 am 12 comments

I am not a Delhi born and bred. But yes, the city always fascinated me as a child so much so that I dreamt of working & making my home here one day. Today I proudly call it my Karambhoomi, a place that helped me mark out my identity. I belong to the city and it too has embraced me.

Everything about the city from the pollution, to the traffic jams to water clogging in rains, heat, power cuts, I love everything about it. Some of the issues are created thanks to us like traffic jams, can the dilliwalas learn to drive in their lane, why should they, let the other one be careful, can the autowallah for a change agree to take me to my destination without haggling over the fare, Madam meter kharab hai ( meter is not working’, traffic bahut hoga- arrey auto chalte ho aur traffic sey dartey ho ( you drive an auto and are scared of getting stuck in the traffic), all this too is part of my city. My City? Yes, ‘I am a Delhizen’ and proud to be one!
An innocent remark or a deliberate statement by Mr. MS Gill, I know he is a politician but knowing a bit about the man, I would like to believe the former, but he has evoked a debate. lets change the name of Delhi to Dilli. If Bombay can become Mumbai, madras can become Chennai, Calcutta- Kolkata and Bangalore to Bengaluru then why not Dilli.
The point here is the city was never officially called or named Dilli, it is the dialect of the people here mostly Punjabi that it is fondly referred to  as Dilli oh yes, the movie Dilli 6 too added to the charm and it picked up as a trend.
Simple theory behind pronunciation of names Mr. Singh if I may point it out, people may call you ‘Gill Saab or Sahib’ fondly now should   I suggest a change in your surname because that’s how people refer to most of the time. It will not change you as person or your identity. I am sure my statement will be rebuked & rejected outright. Then why should we even make such comment. Don’t we have better issues to address, have we solved all the problems in the city. Is the state ready for the 2010 games?  that the focus should now be on the city’s name. A city with Zillion issues, a great history, a National Capital and a State which is eyed by the World 24X7 and we are speculating on name change?
A city too has life, a character, a history and much more to it. Delhi or Dilli has too has evolved and had many names before it was rechristened as Delhi. Let it be the way it is or if we have to change it call it Indraprastha at least that comes from the city’s history so has some justification- no matter how illogical it may be but this subject itself has no reasoning to it.
By the way did the media & new channels sent you a thank you note? Why? Gill Sahib you gave them a topic to debate. Weekend news and next line of debate on all news channels Delhi vs Dilli… Now the fight is who got better set of panelists and opinion makers to discuss it oh no. the new term of referring them is social circa or circus!

Entry filed under: Delhi-ghtfully Yours!.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. joycreator  |  June 20, 2009 at 9:13 am

    City of Childhood spent, Romance lost, Passion discovered!

  • 2. Prateek  |  June 22, 2009 at 6:49 am

    The debate I feel is quite funny. As you say the city has its own charm, its history, character, life….etc. Changing the name won’t change anything, except make the “name changers” feel important.

  • 3. delhizen  |  June 22, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Bang on Patty, you hit the nail in the head…

  • 4. ray of light  |  June 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

    great stuff DZ!! keep going! rlly enjoyed reading it , thanks!

  • 5. Pallavi  |  June 22, 2009 at 11:57 am

    @ ROL: thanks for the good words, will try my best!

  • 6. Mayur  |  June 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Masa, welcome to the blogging world. Nice start. I always knew you can write well. Keep going.

    PS: Mr. Gill might think of renaming the city as ‘Hastinapur’ 🙂

    • 7. Prateek  |  June 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm

      Hastinapur was around 30-50 km outside. Indraprastha was in Delhi.
      And you know, Gurgaon’s name comes from the word Guru Gaon or Guru’s village. The village was given to Dronacharya as a gift.
      Kurukshetra is also nearby and you know it’s history.

  • 8. Pallavi  |  June 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    @ Mayur: Thank you! Thank you! 🙂 🙂

  • 9. Mayur  |  June 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    @Patty: Nice information. I didn’t know all that 🙂

  • 10. Nutty-Martian  |  June 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Well whats in a name anyway. Any name is fine as long as its easy on the ears.
    Btw why just Delhi, shouldn’t India be renamed as Bharat or Hindustan?

  • 11. Pallavi  |  June 25, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    you are right nutty! I wish our govt was as thoughtful as you martians are…

  • 12. Prateek  |  June 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    @ Nutty: India’s, Indian name is Bharat and it is a recognized name. The full name is Bharat Ganarajya or Republic of India. You can not call India, Hindustan because that name only refers to Northern India and that would be unfair on the rest of the regions.


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