Lucknow, Oct 14, 2017: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday renamed the iconic Mughalsarai Railway Station after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
In a bid to revive Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s legacy, Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has not just renamed the fourth busiest railway station in India, but has taken away the historic legacy of the place.
The small town near Varanasi has been the point connecting east India to northern parts. There was a time back in 19th century, when the Grand Trunk Road built by Sher Shah Suri was used by the Indian Subcontinent and Mughalsarai being located along Sadak-e-Azam made it an important corridor.
But it was only in 1883 when the British came here that the town was renamed as Mughalsarai.
They began laying down railway lines and soon Patna-Mughalsarai division, Mughalsarai-Allahabad division, Mughalsarai-Varanasi-Rae Bareli and the Mughalsarai-Gaya division came into existence.
For 134 years, the town and the station has been called Mughalsarai. So why would the Yogi government decide the rename it? Well, there is a strong connection between Mughalsarai station and the RSS ideologue.
Deen Dayala Upadhyay had died under mysterious circumstances while travelling in a train at Mughalsarai station on February 11, 1968.
In August the UP government had sent the proposal that was accepted by the Centre.
Politicians have been renaming places, cities in line with their ideologies. From Bombay to Mumbai, from Madras to Chennai, from Elphinstone to Prabhadevi, there are many such examples.
While Mughalsarai has seen many names such as Oven Nagar to Mangalpur, but renaming the railway station with Asia’s largest railway marshaling yard will change the way future generations see the place.