From: Capt.(Dr.) S G Naravane <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 7:49 AM
Subject: Environment Ministry to Scrub Nehru Family Names Off its Awards
To: Jayant Sahasrabudhe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NEW DELHI: "What's in a name?" William Shakespeare famously said. But when it comes to the game of political one-upmanship, naming—or rather re-naming—is everything. In what seems to be a drive to remove
Nehruvian symbols from Indian polity, the NDA government has begun erasing names from the Nehru-Gandhi family that prefixed many national awards.
In the latest move, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is mulling to "rename" its key awards. The ministry offers nearly a dozen green awards, besides many that are offered by regional offices. Of these, four are named after former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Also on the table is a proposal to change the name of the ministry's South Delhi office from Indira Paryavaran Bhawan to Paryavaran Bhawan.
Discussions are on to rechristen names of these awards, but the MoEF is treading cautiously to avoid any controversy. The ministry plans do away with awards named after famous people and keep them as just national environment awards.