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Rajiv Chowk: that’s Rajiv Gandhi, not Goswami, Wikipedia

Rajiv Gandhi was the former prime minister of India. Rajiv Goswami was a Delhi student who set himself on fire in 1990 to protest job reservations for India's so-called backward classes. Gandhi has a place named for him in the middle of New Delhi: Rajiv Chowk.

This is true everywhere but on Wikipedia. The online, user-maintained site's entries for Rajiv Chowk (formerly Connaught Place), which is in Delhi’s central business district, and the city’s busiest metro station, say both were named after Rajiv Goswami.

The colonial-era Connaught Place, designed to resemble two concentric circles with a manicured park in the centre, was renamed by a Congress-led government in 1995. The inner circle was named Rajiv Chowk after Rajiv Gandhi, the former Congress prime minister killed by a suicide bomber in 1991. The outer circle was called Indira Chowk to honour his mother Indira, who had been assassinated nearly a decade earlier.

Regardless of the errors on the two Wikipedia pages, Rajiv Gandhi is in no danger of losing his status as India’s most commemorated political figure - at least in terms of government schemes.

from India Insight:

Starbucks in India: Taste trumps price as fans rush in

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The excitement on Garima Bajaj’s face is evident as she finally "makes it" to Delhi’s first* Starbucks store after dropping out of the queue twice before.

from India Insight:

Connaught Place: As ugly as it gets in Delhi’s expensive heart

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New Delhi’s Connaught Place is home to the fourth-most expensive office space in the world, ahead of such usual suspects as New York and Tokyo. If you're one of the people who has to walk through it every day, the one question you'd ask yourself is: why?

from India Insight:

Delhi blasts: A reporter’s dilemma

I will have to respect the Indian Standard Time for once.

I was to meet a friend at five in the evening on the day of the serial bombings in New Delhi. But the meeting got delayed -- she could not leave office on time and my office elevator kept me waiting for twenty minutes.

Delhi BlastWe were chatting about good times together in college, how classmates have done well by themselves and making plans to catch up with other friends at the café inside a popular bookshop when the bomb at Barakhamba Road went off.

from India Insight:

Finding Delhi’s “spirit” post serial blasts

Three days after the weekend serial bombings that killed 22 people in New Delhi, I find the general atmosphere of the national capital almost abnormal in its normalcy.

blast3.jpgOne of the blast happened right across the street on which the Reuters office is located.

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