Rajendra Nagar, Delhi

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Rajendra Nagar
Rajendra Nagar is located in Delhi
Rajendra Nagar
Rajendra Nagar
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°38′14″N 77°10′57″E / 28.637235°N 77.182364°E / 28.637235; 77.182364Coordinates: 28°38′14″N 77°10′57″E / 28.637235°N 77.182364°E / 28.637235; 77.182364
CountryIndia
StateDelhi
DistrictCentral Delhi
MetroNew Delhi
Languages
 • OfficialHindi Punjabi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Planning agencyMCD
Old Rajendra Nagar Delhi

Rajendra Nagar (often spelled unofficially as 'Rajender Nagar' or 'Rajinder Nagar'[1]) is a residential colony in Central Delhi, Delhi, India. The name comes from Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India. It is bordered by the Central Ridge Protected Forest on the east and south, IARI on the west, and Karol Bagh on the north. It is a constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi. The current Councillor for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is S.Paramjeet Singh Rana of the SAD-BJP (Ward No.102N).[2] Raghav Chadha of the AAP (Aam Admi Party) is the current MLA from Rajendra Nagar.[3]

Overview[edit]

Like most of the colonies developed in the 1950s, Rajendra Nagar was primarily a Punjabi refugee colony which came up during the years after the partition of India in 1947, when several such residential neighborhoods sprang up in the New Delhi area, including other examples such as Lajpat Nagar and Patel Nagar.[citation needed]

Rajender Nagar benefits from links with the Delhi metro. Shankar road divides the Rajendra Nagar into New and Old Rajendra Nagar. Old Rajendra Nagar touches Karol Bagh, which is famous for shopping and eating. New Rajendra Nagar is between Old Rajendra Nagar and Ridge, and is also adjacent to Connaught Place, with Talkatora stadium a short walk away. The locality is posh with many parks in New Rajendra Nagar. Central Park in New Rajendra Nagar is called Nehru Park.[citation needed]

Administration[edit]

It is part of the Rajinder Nagar Assembly constituency.

Coaching industry[edit]

Rajendra Nagar is home to many coaching institutes. It is one of the two education hubs in Delhi for government job aspirants (the other being Mukherjee Nagar).[4]

However, the striking difference between these two locations is the demographics of students. While, majority of student-population in Rajendra Nagar comprises those preparing for exams conducted by UPSC (and usually in English medium), Mukherjee Nagar is dominated by a mix of students preparing (i) either for exams conducted by SSC (like CGL and CHSL) (ii) or for civil services exams in Hindi medium.[citation needed]

The streets are filled with sprawling book stores, libraries, rental housing and eateries an ancillary business along with the coaching industry.[5][6]

Coaching industry of Rajendra Nagar and other parts of Delhi were severely impacted in 2020 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.[7]

Notable people[edit]

Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was born here in 1965 at the Talwar Nursing Home, and lived there for more than two decades while studying in Hansraj College and acting in TV series Fauji (1988), Circus (1989) and Dil Darya, before moving to Mumbai in 1991 to pursue a career in films.[8]

Other known residents included Dilip Kumar,[citation needed] the Bollywood star who lived here for some years, Balraj Madhok[citation needed] a politician of the 1960s, Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja[citation needed], actress Divya Dutta[citation needed] and documentary filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore.[citation needed] Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is a resident.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Congress wins from BJP bastion Rajinder NagarThe Hindu, 15 December 2008. "Rajinder Nagar constituency Reev is best. Archived 3 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "MCD Directory". Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Archived from the original on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Delhi Election Results 2015: Meet your new MLAs - Tehelka Bureau - Tehelka - Investigations, Latest News, Politics, Analysis, Blogs, Culture, Photos, Videos, Podcasts". www.tehelka.com.
  4. ^ Mayank Manohar (10 March 2016). "Rajendra Nagar residents rue loss of peace | Delhi News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Rajender Nagar: At hub for UPSC aspirants, thriving businesses, eateries". The Indian Express. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  6. ^ "The reading room: These libraries provide UPSC aspirants space and comfort during their preparations". The Indian Express. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  7. ^ "How Covid-19 killed the economy of Delhi's 'coaching colonies'". Hindustan Times. 8 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  8. ^ SRK to run for Delhi TNN , The Times of India, 30 September 2009. "I was born here, in Talwar Nursing Home. I lived there for more than two decades in Rajinder Nagar"

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