Film-personality Rishi Kapoor has rightly initiated debate by twitting about excessive naming of institutions/awards/schemes etc of governments after members of Nehru-Gandhi family. Earlier Nehru-Gandhi loyalist Congress party raised hue and cry on corrective decision of Central government to remove monopoly of Nehru-Gandhi family from most commonly used five-rupee denominations of postage-stamps of definitive series.
Though Indira Gandhi will be remembered by the nation for a historic and unprecedented win in 1971 Indo-Pak war, but it is beyond understanding how and why Rajiv Gandhi dominates even amongst Nehru-Gandhi family in naming of schemes, awards, institutions etc at the centre and in states ruled by Congress. Rather Rajiv Gandhi has been the most inexperienced person having reached to post of Prime Minister which was full of failures and nothing else at all levels including diplomatic ones (IPKF in Srilanka creating enmity with both warring sides).
Central government should rename schemes, awards, institutions etc presently monopolised by Nehru-Gandhi family leaving only a reasonable number but not at all named after biggest-failed Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister of India. Rather all naming done after post-independence political leaders irrespective of party-affiliations should be reviewed with a new system of compulsory endorsement of Opposition Leader in naming both at centre and in states.
Political rulers misuse authority in stalling statues like erstwhile Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala flooded complete state with statues of his father Devilal. Consent of Opposition Leader should be must also in installing statues.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk
DELHI 110006 (India)