Since the abrogation of Article 37o from Jammu and Kashmir, there were wide speculations over New Delhi’s policies towards the volatile region. There were earlier reports that Hindi could replace Urdu as the official language and now there are reports which claim that the names of prominent stadiums and streets could be changed.
The Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium in Srinagar, named after National Conference (NC) founder Sheikh Abdullah, could be renamed after the Iron man of India and first deputy prime minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel claims The Wire.
According to media reports, preparations for the change of nomenclature are going on and the formal announcement is likely to be made on December 15 – the date that marks the death anniversary of Sardar Patel.
On October 31, the PMO’s official Twitter handle quoted Modi as saying: “Sardar Patel once said that if I was in charge of Kashmir, its resolution would not have taken so long. Today, on his birth anniversary, I dedicate the removal of Article 370 to his memory”.
Media quoting unverified sources claim that names of some streets and roads of city centre around Lal Chowk would also be renamed after known personalities of India. Earlier this week, with the approval of the Prasar Bharati Board, the name of “Radio Kashmir” was changed to “All India Radio”.
The cricket stadium was named after Sheikh Abdullah who was famously called the “Sher-i-Kashmir (Lion of Kashmir) for his great political stature in Jammu and Kashmir. The Sher-i-Kashmir stadium has hosted two one day international matches – October 13, 1983 (India vs West Indies) and on September 9, 1989 (India vs Australia).