The first image that flashes in the mind, when I think of Gurgaon is the flashy glass buildings and congested roads. The town which as has been a part of essentially Hindu heritage, Gurgaon, which as per the legend of Mahabharata was the ancestral village of Guru Dronacharya, the teacher of the Pandavas and Kauravas. The village was gifted by the Pandavas and Kauravas to Dronacharya the son of Rishi Bhardwaj, and was therefore known as guru-gram.
But today there is no such trace of its rich cultural heritage, rather contradicting to all it has become a subsidiary ordinate of Delhi. It cannot exist on its own, thus for me it doesn’t qualify to be a city/town or even a village. Be it any of their needs, in order to fulfil them, the residents of Gurgaon have to keep visiting Delhi. It lacks the pride of being called a city/town/village, which is a fundament right of any local resident.
Now the question arises is it the city’s duty to fulfil the locals contentment, if ‘yes’ up to what extent? In essence as per my opinion it should justify with the major needs and pleasures of its natives, if not there is something wrong with the city. And that’s the reason why I strongly support the fact that there is something wrong with the region, ‘Gurgaon’. This something comprises of facts such as lack of definite region, a boundary, and absence of direct connectivity with other cities of the country. Its railway station is absolutely a disgrace to the city. The transport is in a very bad shape with in the city. Due to the presence of walled communities, and only hefty walled communities in the city, it lacks an interaction which a city should offer to its citizens. It’s so called modern flashy glass malls seem like a humiliation to the entire movement of sustainability.
My question is, where exactly is Gurgaon heading, in concrete terms, is it just meant to serve for the needs of the Indian capital.
Will tomorrow it still be called ‘Gurgaon city’ or a ‘Gurgaon nagar’ known as a local community of Delhi??
P.S. – This was a part of a submission made in my Third year in college (2009-2010)