Hyderabad: An online campaign for renaming the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad after Quli Qutub Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, has been started by city resident Mohammed Abubakr on Facebook. “We should honour Quli Qutub Shah for establishing this city. In this regard we are starting the campaign to rename Hyderabad Airport as Quli Qutub Shah International Air-port,” Mr Abubakr said.
The online petition addressed to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, says that in 1591, Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, founded a new city that he named Hyderabad, on the banks of the River Musi. Since its foundation, the city of Hyderabad has thrived economically and culturally.
Scores of people who supported the petition pointed out, when questioned, that when Delhi has the Indira Gandhi and Safdarjung airports, Mumbai has Chhatrapati Shivaji airport and Udaipur Maharana Pratap airport, why can’t Hyderabad’s airport be named after its founder.
Mr Jayesh Ranjan, in-charge secretary to industries and investments department of Telangana, said that they have not received representation from any one over renaming the Hyderabad airport. According to the petition, “It is extremely unfortunate that Quli Qutub Shah doesn't get the due credit for his vision and effort in laying the foundation of this city. No monument or road in Hyderabad post Indian Independence has been named after Quli Qutub Shah.’
It continued: “The city is a fascinating example of assimilation of various cultures. As per the 2016 Survey released by Mercer (a global human resources consulting firm), Hyderabad is the best city to live in India. Today, the city of Hyderabad is an outstanding example of cultural diversity, progress and unity of India.”...