Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has criticised the government’s decision to rename Gurgaon to Gurugram, calling the move a blow to the culture and history of Haryana.
Gurgaon is the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi. The decision was taken by the BJP government claiming that people of the area have been making a demand in this regard.
An official spokesman said the decision to change the name was taken on the basis of the representations received in several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as ‘Gurugram’, an official spokesman said.
“Changing the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram is a blow to the culture, language and history of Haryana. ‘Gram’ is not our word. Why has this happened? #GurgaonNameChange,” Hooda wrote in Hindi on Twitter. “I meant that in Haryanvi we have the word ‘gaav’ or ‘gaam’. They could have changed it to Gurugaon,” the 39-year-old actor.