Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road is a road in New Delhi, India. It lies at the north-east end, stretching from the 'Taj Mansingh Hotel' at the roundabout of Mansingh Road, Shahjahan Road, Humayun Road, Prithviraj Road and a road to Khan Market in the north-east. At the south-west end it stretches up to the crossing at Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Marg and Safdarjung Road junction.
Earlier it was named Aurangzeb Road after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. However, in 2014 the road was renamed after APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road is home to several Indian billionaires such as ArcelorMittal's L N Mittal, K P Singh of DLF and Max Healthcare's Analjit Singh.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam road was earlier called Aurangzeb road, named so by the British after the controversial Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. In November 2014, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee petitioned the Prime Minister of India to change the name of Aurangzeb road after Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru, as a tribute to him on his martyrdom anniversary observed on 24 November. Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed in Delhi on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who was infamous for his religious oppression. Canadian writer and activist of Pakistani origin, Tarek Fatah, suggested renaming Aurangzeb Road to Dara Shikoh road, after Dara Shikoh, the brother of Aurangzeb, who was executed by the latter.
"As a tribute to the People's President, I propose to rename the 'Aurangzeb Road' in New Delhi to 'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road'. In my opinion, this will be a great way of preserving his memories and legacy forever," wrote Maheish Girri for changing the name of the Road.
The Renaming of Aurangzeb road to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road also got criticism from various sections of historians and politicians, such as Sharad Yadav of Janata Dal (United), Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati, Tariq Anwar of Nationalist Congress Party and Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM.
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