How freedom fighters lent name to post-Partition refugee settlements

  • | Friday | 15th March, 2019

AdvertisingMalviya Nagar, Patel Nagar, Rajender Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Subhash Nagar — refugee settlements named after ‘heroes’ of the new nation — took the place of villages around the existing city. According to Hashmi, Patel Nagar and Rajender Nagar were developed on land acquired from the inhabitants of the villages of Shadipur and Khampur, among others. With the acquisition of these scattered agricultural lands for development of refugee settlements, the ‘heroes’ they were named after were dispersed across the topography of the city. The new heroes of an independent India were an addition to names in the city, with the creation of new settlements post-independence. “If the people had agency, they would have probably named their settlements after the places that they left behind; like New Multan Nagar, for example.

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