Friday, June 16, 2006

A time when NAM meant something

Gamal Abdel Nasser Marg*
Nelson Mandela Marg
Africa Avenue
Josip Broz Tito Marg
Simon Bolivar Marg

*Marg means Road in Hindi

These are the names of some roads in Delhi. There is a history that is common to all these roads. The history of the non-aligned movement (NAM) and third world solidarity, one of Nehru's pet projects. It lies mostly in shambles now and people in positions of power no longer talk about enhancing south-to-south links. But the names remain, mute testaments to a time when much of the world was almost created anew after colonialism and there was so much more optimism and hope.


Muslim Mama said...

That is sad!Remember hown we studied abt it at school! Btw khicdi turned out well!

Muslim Mama said...

will be going home via kerala! Any places you suggest visiting? TRV is old hat, but ernakulam, cochin,ponmudi etc are on our list.

sivaramamenonroad said...

hey good to know about the Kichdi:-)
While not seeking to romanticise a glorious past, I cannot but help think that there must have been more optimism then than now.