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Mughalsarai renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhayaya. In the name of politics?

The small town was home to India's second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri; Upadhayaya was found dead near the station, under mysterious circumstances

Mughalsarai Railway Station
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Mughalsarai Railway Station

Uttaran Dasgupta
In August this year, the century-old iconic railway station, Mughalsarai, was renamed after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhayaya.
 
The name-change had been a long time coming: It had been planned by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when it was in power in Uttar Pradesh in the early 1990s, but was postponed following riots after the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
 
The small town was home to India’s second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri; Upadhayaya was found dead near the station, under mysterious circumstances, in 1968.

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First Published: Dec 28 2018 | 12:05 AM IST

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