Dara Shikoh road is the new name of Delhi’s Dalhousie road

 

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The NDMC renamed Dalhousie Road in the national capital after the elder brother of Mughal emperor Aurganzeb, Dara Shikoh.

At a special meeting convened by its chairman Naresh Kumar, the municipal body passed a proposal that was put forward by BJP MP and the council member Meenakshi Lekhi to make the change.

“The council has decided to rename the road to honour Dara Shikhoh for bringing Hindus and Muslims together,” Lekhi said.

Background:

Named after Lord Dalhousie, who served as Governor General of India from 1848 to 1856, Dalhousie Road is less than 2 kms from Rashtrapati Bhavan

The proposal was first moved in 2014 for renaming Aurangzeb Road after Dara Shikoh. However, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away, the road was renamed in his honour.

This is the third time that the NDMC has renamed a road in less than two years. In 2015, Aurangzeb Road was named as APJ Abdul Kalam Road. Race Course Road, where the Prime Minister’s residence is located, was renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg last year.

Who was Lord Dalhousie?

Lord Dalhousie was the governor general of India from 1848 to 1856. During his tenure, second Anglo-Sikh war was fought and he annexed many states through doctrine of lapse. Other achievements like railway line between Bombay and Thane and telegraph connection between Calcutta and Agra in 1853.

Who was Prince Dara Shikoh?

  • Born on March 20, 1615 at Taragarh Fort Ajmer, he was the eldest son of Shah Jahan
  •  He took the throne succeeded by his father and his eldest sister Princess Jahanara Begum
  • On February 1, 1633, Dara Shikoh married to Nadira Banu Begum, the daughter of paternal uncle Sultan Parvez Mizra
  • The prince took initiative to  unite Hindu Muslim. He was also invited to lay the foundation stone of Golden Temple, Amritsar
  • He also translated 50 Upanishads from Sanskrit to Persian, the wok is called Sirr-i-Akbar ( the great mystery). It said that latest Upanishad, Muktik Upanishad has been recorded by Dara Shikoh
  • Shikoh was later killed by his younger brother Prince Mahiuddin in 1659.
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