Haryana government’s decision to rename Gurgaon to Gurugram had citizens taking to social media in hordes with characteristic wit and humour since Tuesday evening.
Within hours of the announcement, Gurugram was the most talked about topic on Twitter. With over 24.6 thousand tweets, #Gurugram remained the top trending hashtag on the micro-blogging site overnight.
Many chose sarcasm and wit to express their disdain, others questioned the need for it.
Gurgaon now called #Gurugram. When will Telangana be called Telegram, Digboi be called Diagram,Anand called Anagram and Monohurpur Monogram.— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) April 12, 2016
Hey, coming to Gurugram for a drink? Nuh#GuruGram— nikita doval (@nikitadoval) April 12, 2016
How would like to be called collectively, people of Gurugram?— Karthik Srinivasan (@beastoftraal) April 12, 2016
Gur naal ishq mitha oye hoye...
Gurgaon's name has been changed to Gurugram?!— Akshar (@AksharPathak) April 12, 2016
What the heck man. Stole my idea of an Instagram like app where babajis could upload selfies.
Some wondered if the new name would improve the city - home to over 250 Fortune 500 companies
Delhi govt must learn from Haryana. Instead of wasting time improving the education system, just change it's name to Indraprastha. #Gurugram— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) April 12, 2016
@farzana_versey Gurugram sounds more like a photo uploading app for Delhiites.— Masroor Dhar (@ImMasroor_) April 13, 2016
Gurgaon to Gurugram.— scaryhairyman (@scaryhairyman) April 12, 2016
Next Noida to Nyoda.
South Delhi to Saudi.
Good news for ladies. Now they can step out after 8 pm in Gurgaon. (Because it doesn't exist.)— वरुण (@varungrover) April 12, 2016
Among other witty comments, entrepreneur Ramesh Srivats tweeted...
Gurgaon is now #Gurugram.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 12, 2016
The city is now confident of winning next year's Graami awards.
Plan to make a quick trip to #Gurugram. I shall call it Instagram.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 12, 2016
Writer Chetan Bhagat said
What do IT guys who lived in Gurgaon call themselves? Programmer, Gurugrammer. #Gurugram— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 12, 2016
Others couldn’t resist playing up the similarity of the new name with photo-sharing mobile application Instagram.
So does that make Instagram our cousin brother? #Gurugram— Shivangi (@Shivangiyadav) April 12, 2016
As is the case with every name change of a city, the jokes kept pouring in.
Just heard that Gurgaon has been renamed to 'Don't Come Here'.— Ashish Shakya (@stupidusmaximus) April 12, 2016
Political detractors of the BJP government in Haryana were not far behind. Randeep S Surjewala of Congress tweeted
Renaming Gurgaon,which has an International branding,is an exercise in pure superficiality. BJP Govt should create essential infrastructure.— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 12, 2016
Between the jokes and the criticism were a few admirers too.
Kuldeep Bishnoi, politician and son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, was among the first to claim credit for the name change.
I welcome implementation of Late Jannayak Ch. Bhajan Lal ji's proposed name 'GURUGRAM' in place of Gurgaon. It was proposed by him in 1992..— Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) April 12, 2016
To some the renaming was not a big deal.
Gurgaon has been renamed Gurugram. Who are they kidding, for my grandpa it will always remain Gurgaanvaa!! (गुड़गाँवा)— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) April 12, 2016
BJP detractors also pointed to political ambitions behind the move as Dronacharya was, according to them, anti-Dalit.
In perception what Aurangzeb was to Hindus, Dronacharya was to Dalits. If name changes symbolise corrective intervention, why #Gurugram? 2/2— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) April 12, 2016
Congress party’s digital communication incharge Gaurav Pandhi tweeted on his @GauravPandhi handle,
On Ambedkar Jayanti BJP renames Gurgaon to #Gurugram - Guru Dronacharya's Gaon.— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) April 12, 2016
The Guru who took away a Shudra Eklavya's thumb. Appalling.