One historian questioned whether the name change would stick. "We were ruled for 200 years by the British and English names have become a part of our heritage," Khuswant Singh said. "You can't change them in two days.'' AP
New Delhi - The Indian government has renamed the capital's centre after Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, ending a century-old association with British colonialists. Some MPs were angered, however, by the decision to rename Connaught Place and Connaught Circus - named for the Duke of Connaught - after the late Indian leaders. They suggested the prime minister, P V Narasimha Rao, was trying to win favour with Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv's influential widow. The circle of white, columned buildings houses shops, airline companies and offices.