Munirka

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Munirka is now an urban village in South West Delhi, located near Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) Campuses. Originally it was a jat village of Rathi and Tokas Gotra. Munirka villagers land was squired by the government. Its neighborhood consists of JNU campus on south,Vasant vihar on North-West, RK Puram on northern side and IIT campus and Ber sarai on south-eastern front. The Outer ring road forms the north to east boundary of this and also making it accessible. This is near flyover.

The nearest metro station is Munirka. It has been frequently in the news for the various cases of rapes and sexual harrasment that happened to the people of the North Eastern parts of India. It is considered to be a dangerous and hostile area for the people of these states but people still desire to stay there because of the cheaper accommodation and it's proximity to means of transportation.

Demography[edit]

As the village grew other castes like the Brahmins migrated to the village (It is said that all 36 castes in Indian society can be found in Munirka).Brahmins of Munirka Migrated from Rohtak Dist. (Mudgal gotra) of Haryana and another family from Rewari Dist. (Tiwari gotra) of Haryana. Gadia Lohar came to this village in 1918. Muslims came in as two families, one from Alwar Dist. of Rajasthan and another from Jharoda Kalan in Najafgarh in 1947.

Presently the demography of Munirka is a cosmopolitan's delight. Indians from all parts of the country and foreigners from Africa to America can be seen here. Earlier the area had a high concentration of Bengalis and south Indians, but currently a strong presence from the North-East followed by Purvanchalis. munirka has a large population of the buddhism follower .they are very rich in there culture and well educated .they are follower of buddhism and ambedkarism .there is also a bhudh vihar which is no.1 bhudh vihar of delhi.

Migrants and population[edit]

Munirka has always been home to large number of migrants. It has a very high population density for small area. This derives from Munirka's proximity to Jawaharlal Nehru University, Rama Krishna Puram, Vasant Vihar Indian Institute of Technology and its location on the Outer Ring Road, which makes easy transport to and from many business centres of Delhi. One can find people from every single province in India here, and eateries and restaurants catering to their palette as well. There is a Korean church, a Sikh temple, and a mosque other than the Baba Gangnath temple, which houses the patron deity of the village. Nigerians, Ugandans, Kenyans, Japanis, Koreans, Bangladeshis, Nepalis, Almanis or Germans, French, Swedes, Iranis, Spaniards, Sri Lankans, Thais, British and Americans amongst other nationalities can be found resident here. Munirka is famous destition in Manipur. Naga's, Kuki's and Zomi's live harmoniously as neighbours here. It is home to revolutionaries of both the right and the left, IIT & UPSC aspirants, students, Dalit messiahs, call centre workers, software engineers, lawyers, failed messiahs, drug-dealers, migrant workers, skilled artisans and generally everyone under the sun. It is home to a lot of people who have just shifted to Delhi from somewhere in India, like many other areas of such type, and who then move on after staying here for some years to more respectable and middle-class high rise apartment-like residential areas. It is a halfway house. Dostoevsky could have written a book here, for so many lives are made and unmade in Munirka. It is one of the few non-elite parts of Delhi where one can see women wearing shorts, minis, string tops and spaghetti straps at any point of time along with village women in veil (Ghunghat).

Architecture[edit]

Munda Gumbad, an incomplete tomb from Lodhi dynasty period

It is a very old village—complete with a smattering of Lodi-era monuments—now absorbed by the relentless expansion of Delhi, which has both changed and threatened the very culture of the pre-urban communities of the Delhi region - Bramhin and Jat. There is a baoli (step well), a Lodi structure and a small saiyid (a small mazaar-like shrine) of Sufi Saint called Ajirpur preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India in the park across the Outer Ring Road in RK Puram Sector-5. Elder residents of Munirka can still be found to offer a jot (incense on a stick; Hindi jyot), testifying to the syncretic cultural history of the region. This part of the village has given to the DDA sports complex, Vasant Kunj, Jawahar Lal University and the DTC Bus Depot. Further to the west Basant Lok and Vasant Vihar has been built on agrarian land which was acquired by the Delhi government from Munirka and Basant villages. To the north R.K. Puram has also been built on such land. One can see the Qutub Minar from parts of Munirka. It is also on the path of planes landing at the Delhi International Airport.

Historical sites[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Ex.Vice President ,Delhi university students Union (DUSU) 2003 Khajan Singh, swimmer,gold medalist at commonwealth games

  • Rajat Tokas, well known Indian Television Actor
  • Havildar Surta S/o Assa, 96th Berar Infantry, He awarded a Jangi=Inam for Recognition of his distinguished service during the Great War 1914=1919 by Major General A.H.Bingley, the Secretary of the Government of India, Army Department in November 1920
  • Anita Dalal, International Judo Player, Gold medalist at South Asian Games and represented India in commonwealth games.
  • Choudhary Mir Singh, founder Member Jansangh