Rajendra Nagar, Delhi
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Rajendra Nagar (often spelled Rajender Nagar or Rajinder Nagar) 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 Mr. Rajesh Bhatia of the Bhartiya Janata Party. Vijender Garg is an MLA from Rajinder nagar of AAP (Aam Admi Party) who won with wooping margin of 20,051 votes, defeating two major party canditates from BJP and Congress in recent 2015 Concluded Election.
Like most of the colonies developed in the 1950s, Rajender Nagar was primarily a Punjabi refugee colony which came up during the years after the partition of India in 1947, when several such residential neighbourhoods sprang up in the New Delhi area, including other examples such as Lajpat Nagar and Patel Nagar.
Rajender Nagar benefits from links with the Delhi metro. Shankar road divides the Rajinder Nagar into New and Old Rajinder Nagar. Old Rajinder Nagar touches Karol Bagh, which is famous for shopping, eating food. New Rajinder Nagar is between Old Rajinder Nagar and Ridge. Locality is very beautiful with lots of parks in New Rajinder Nagar. Central park in New Rajinder Nagar is called Nehru Park. Morning sees lots of people going for walks, summer sees yoga sessions followed by older generation sitting around benches for discussions. Afternoon sees lots of kids playing on the swings.
First predisdent for New Rajinder Nagar was late Manohar lal Batra, retired DSP. He worked for the community. After that presently, the current president is Mrs. Asha Gandhi, who does lot of good work for the community.
New Rajinder Nagar also has a central library, schools established in partition for Needy namely D. I. Khan, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir as well as some good schools are Manav Sthali, J.D. Tytler.
After the start of the Metro services in Delhi (Blue Line) in the late 2006, Vajiram and Ravi established their IAS Coaching Institute in 2007. This was followed by Sriram and a slew of other Institutes. According to unofficial sources close to 20 to 30,000 students live in and around Old Rajender Nagar, ORN (Karol Bagh, Patel Nagar, Shadipur, New Rajinder Nagar etc.), which is now called the hub of IAS Coaching (along with Mukherjee Nagar, which is in North Delhi) in India. Students come from across the country and most of them leave their jobs to prepare full-time for the elite UPSC Civil Services Examination. Unlike Mujherjee Nagar which houses a lot of students who are preparing for different other examinations like BANK PO (Probationary Officers), SSC etc. Old Rajender Nagar houses mainly IAS aspirants thus providing a better overall environment. However, the living costs in the two areas are in the ration of 1:2.
The Fees charged by coaching institutes, as in late 2015 varies as such,
General Studies Mains Foundation Program around Rs 1,00,000
Respective Optionals Subjects around Rs 30-50,000
e.g. Geography, Sociology, Public Administration
Test Series varies from Rs 10,000 to 20,000
The area has seen a skyrocketing growth in the number of Coaching Institutes and Property Dealers and supporting services (like housekeeping, stationary, book shops etc. ). The average prices for a single room varies from Rs 7,000 to 15,000.
Numerous Reading Rooms, which are called Libraries in the local parlance have also mushroomed. They provide good studying atmosphere, facilities like cafeterias, newspapers and magazine subscriptions and are Air Conditioned. The prices vary between Rs 1200 -2500 per student per month.
Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was born here in 1965 at the Talwar Nursing Home, and lived here 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. Bollywood singer Jaspinder Narula was born and raised here; her father Swaran Singh Narula being a music director in Bollywood. Shakti Kapoor, Bollywood star, was also born and raised here.
Other known residents included Dilip Kumar, the Bollywood star who lived here for some years, Balraj Madhok a politician of the 1960s, and Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja. The former Sikh Empire family home was in Rajender Nagar during the 1970s and 1980s. Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir also lives here.
- Congress wins from BJP bastion Rajinder Nagar The Hindu, December 15, 2008." Rajinder Nagar constituency"
- "MCD Directory". Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- SRK to run for Delhi TNN , The Times of India, 30 September 2009. "I was born here, in Talwar Nursing Home. I lived here for more than two decades in Rajinder Nagar"