“On the occasion of the celebrations of 75 years of independence as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the President has given a common name to the Rashtrapati Bhavan gardens as ‘Amrit Udyan’,” said Navika Gupta, deputy press secretary to President Droupadi Murmu.
While the cluster of about 15 gardens will collectively be known as Amrit Udyan, individual gardens within the sprawling Presidential Estate – Herbal Garden, Musical Garden and Spiritual Garden – will retain their names.
Though a map of Rashtrapati Bhavan on the official website indicates the Mughal Gardens as the area immediately behind the North and South Courts of the main building, the statement is silent on the fate of the showstopper Mughal Gardens, which have been the crowd-puller when they open to public every year.
“This new name not only shreds yet another symbol of a colonial relic but also reflects India’s aspirations for the Amrit Kaal,” Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted. Law minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted that the rechristening is “a powerful symbol of our nation’s progress and a reflection of a brighter future for New India”.
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Congress did not officially react to the name change but the Trinamool Congress and CPI rubbished the move, with the Left party terming it an “attempt to rewrite history”.
Amrit Udyan will open for the general public on January 31 and remain open till March 26, except on Mondays and on March 8 on account of Holi.
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