Haryana government on Tuesday decided to change the name of its business district Gurgaon to Gurugram and Mewat to Nuh.
Quoting a government statement India Today reported, “The decision to change the name of Gurgaon as Gurugram has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram.”
The spokesperson added, “Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning. It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great center of education where the princes used to be provided education.”
But the decision didn’t appear to have gone down well with social media users with most mocking the announcement on the name-change.
Many took a dig at its phonetic similarity to Facebook’s photo-sharing platform Instagram, while others dubbed it an outcome of the nationalists’ creativity.
Twitter was busy all throughout Tuesday tirelessly discussing the announcement.
Here’s a snapshot of the twitter conversation;
— Dibang (@dibang) April 12, 2016
— Rahul Dugal (@rahuldugal) April 12, 2016
While aroud the world people happy with Instagram. Haryanavi people readay to enjoy their new invention #Gurugram.
— Sudheer Asthana (@iam5udheer) April 12, 2016
Plan to make a quick trip to #Gurugram. I shall call it Instagram.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 12, 2016
— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) April 12, 2016
#Gurugram may have been OK a few decades ago, but wouldn't GuruKilo have been more appropriate now? Nuh ? Ok, then…
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) April 12, 2016
— SSM (@SwatySMalik) April 12, 2016