Petitioning Narendra Modi and 1 other

Rename Lodhi Road in Delhi to Dara Shikoh Road

Fellow Citizens of India,

I DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO MISTAKE THE MEANING OF THIS PETITION AS AGAINST ANY MUSLIM IN INDIA OR FOR THAT MATTER ISLAM ITSELF. I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE INDIAN MUSLIM IN THE COUNTRY WHO MAKES AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE LARGEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD.

On the 71st occurrence of August 15th, as Indians celebrate the formation of our nation state, I cannot help but be reminded of our history that has been sculpted with vibrancy in culture, religion and knowledge over thousands of years by our forefathers who have gifted us such a precious land. We, Indians, are truly the fortunate children of one of the greatest civilizations in human history.

One of the most noted contributors towards Indian society is the unsung Mughal king and poet, Dara Shikoh. A loving husband and son whose vision, prose and poetry laid one of the many foundations of peace and harmony for the Indian subcontinent. Dara brought out the essence of Sufism to the subcontinent through his poetry (ghazals) and made the herculean task of translating the Upanishads, Vedas and other literary works into Persian. Through this contribution, Dara literally opened India’s literary works for the world at large to learn and appreciate. Many of the Dara’s translations have further been translated into French and English.

Such an epic contribution in today’s world would normally earn a literary scholar the Noble Prize for Literature!!

Hence it is only fitting that Dara Shikoh’s name be etched and remembered in Indian history. I would like to propose re-naming Lodhi Road as Dara Shikoh Road. I am outraged by the fact that Dara Shikoh has no remembrance in today’s India and, a major road in Delhi is named after a dynasty that brought little no contributions to Indian society. A major road in the capital deserves to commemorate a person who has brought much pride to India’s rich cultural heritage.

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I thank you again for your time and patience to read through my petition.

Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Subramanian Ramachandran

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