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Dalhousie, is a city unfold over 5 hills close to the Dhauladhar mountain vary, within the Chamba district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It’s well-known for its spectacular pure magnificence, nestled deep within the Himalayas at an altitude of 6,460 ft and gives a surprising, panoramic view of the Himalayan vary extending from Himachal Pradesh to Kashmir.
Dalhousie, the title of a small but in style mountain city snuggled within the distant Pir Panjal vary of the Himalayas, has triggered a heated political row throughout the governing Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP).
BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy has locked horns with the BJP state chief of Himachal Pradesh over calls for to rename the city, blasting Thakur for “sticking with Congress” over the difficulty.
The picturesque city, which gives a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas, was named after Lord Dalhousie, Governor Common of India in 1848 and is marked by British-era structure, together with a number of church buildings and a 19th century cemetery. The city was created by the British for use as a sanatorium for UK troops.
Lord Dalhousie is thought for selling the “divide and rule coverage” in India after Hindus and Muslims fought a united battle towards the British in 1857. The coverage sowed seeds of discord between Hindus and Muslims and created nice communal stress. Swamy has sought the title to be modified to Subhash Nagar, after Indian chief Subhash Chandra Bose who performed a key function within the freedom motion towards the British.
In a letter that Swamy wrote to Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya he rquested that Dalhousie be renamed Subhash Nagar. “In 1992, the then chief of Himachal Pradesh, Shanta Kumar, had issued a notification [about] renaming Dalhousie Subhash Nagar. The notification was cancelled by the Congress authorities in 1994 by the then-State Chief Virbhadra Singh”, wrote Swamy.
He demanded that the sooner notification by the BJP-led authorities be reinstated.
But, his demand has not been acknowledged by the BJP state chief of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, who informed the media that he’s “unaware of any such demand and never in favour of fixing the city’s title”.
It’s a shock to all Hindutva dedicated BJP staff, as effectively I’m positive of VHP and RSS too, to learn the HP CM Thakur stating flatly that the Shanta Kumar as — Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 9, 2021
Native Sentiments Towards Title Change
Native residents have been opposing the efforts of assorted governments to vary the title of their city as effectively.
“Individuals of the city completely do not need a title change. Why ought to Dalhousie be often called Subhash Nagar, which sounds just like the title of a avenue, when it has taken over 175 years to carry it on the worldwide map of tourism. Simply because somebody like Swamy, who’s from Tamil Nadu and has no native base, desires it?”, Asha Kumari, a legislator from Dalhousie, who hails from the royal household of Chamba, informed Sputnik.
“The native inhabitants relies upon closely on tourism, it’s a hub of elite faculties named after Dalhousie. It’s well-known the world over by its title and each citizen of the place is opposing it, throughout all occasion strains. When Shanta Kumar renamed it Subhash Nagar, the entire city was up towards it and have been able to take the matter to the court docket”, she added.
Talking to Sputnik, Rajiv Sharma, a neighborhood resident mentioned: “These are political video games and beneficial properties. Native individuals get nothing out of it. Dalhousie is a well-liked vacationer place and is thought by its title the world over. In case you change the title, it would result in an id disaster”.
By the way, Kolkata’s iconic Dalhousie Sq. was renamed Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh or BBD Bagh after independence whereas Dalhousie Highway within the nation’s capital’s Delhi was rechristened Dara Shikhoh Highway.