I have been living in Delhi for the last 10 years now but I feel that I still don’t know much about it.For instance Delhi is one city where roads have names- but have you ever stopped and wondered what do these names mean or come from. For instance who is Baba Kharag Singh 🙂 .
So here is a promise I made to myself. Next time I notice a road name that I don’t know I will do a bit of research on it and share. I feel it is a good way to know your city and also learn a bit of history.
So I’m going to start with Aruna Asaf Ali Marg. This is a special road for me. Normally I would have not noticed this road I don’t take it frequently. But thanks to some runners in my group who insist on running on this road ( because of its steady inclines which is supposed to make us strong runners . he he.. I have been running on this road for a while. Nowadays for the love of “bad cooked” parantha’s we take this road for easy access to road side eateries at Qutub institutional area.
So where is this road ?
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg connects Vasant Kunj to Outer Ring via Jawaharlal Nehru University, Sanjay Van, Qutab Institutional Area. If you are going to Airport from Nehru place then immediately after IIT Delhi don’t take the flyover and take the first left and you will hit Aruna Asad Ali road.
Aruna Ganguli Asaf Ali (July 16, 1909 – July 29, 1996) was a freedom fighter widely remembered for hoisting the Indian National Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay during the Quit India Movement, 1942. Post independence she joined the socialist movement as she was quite disillusioned by the socialist policy of Congress (rightly so). She was also elected as the First Mayor of Delhi.
She also published a daily newspaper- Patriot and a weekly magazine Link.
Aruna Asaf Ali was awarded “International Lenin Peace Prize” for the year 1964 and the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1991.She was also awarded India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in her lifetime and finally the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, posthumously in 1997.
Quite a lady. That’s why we have a road by her name 🙂