Delhi to Replace Word Harijan with Dr Ambedkar in Names of Colonies, Streets

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The Delhi government is set to drop the word ‘Harijan’ with names of colonies, bastis, mohallas and streets across the Union Territory and name them after Babasaheb Ambedkar instead.

The move was followed by the issuing of guidelines by the Union government advising against the usage of the word ‘Harijan’. The word was considered derogatory by scheduled caste communities.

The proposal to rename the colonies and streets was tabled by Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam. He also chaired an important meeting in this regard with senior officials to expedite the process with officials from the concerned departments to act on the matter and issue a notification on the same. 

The step was taken with the objective to uplift the SC (scheduled caste), ST (scheduled tribe), and OBC (other backward class) communities living in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT).

The term 'Harijan' meaning 'children of God', was a term first used and popularized by Mahatma Gandhi to refer to Dalits in 1932. He devoted himself to fight against the inhuman practice of untouchability. He even started three journals in English, Hindi and Gujarati in the same name in 1933.

  

   Important points for the exam:

  • The Delhi government is set to replace the word ‘Harijan’ with names of colonies, bastis, mohallas and streets across the Union Territory and name them after Babasaheb Ambedkar instead.
  • The move was followed by the issuing of guidelines by the Union government advising against the usage of the word ‘Harijan’. The word was considered derogatory by scheduled caste communities.
  • The proposal to rename the colonies and streets was tabled by Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.
  • The step was taken with the objective to uplift the SC (scheduled caste), ST (scheduled tribe), and OBC (other backward class) communities living in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT).

   Facts to know:

  • The term 'Harijan' was used for the first time by Mahatma Gandhi to refer to Dalits in 1932.
  • Harijan meaning 'children of God'.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Mr.Arvind Kejriwal (AAP).
  • Governor of Delhi: Mr.Vinai Kumar Saxena.
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