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Narendra Modi renames cricket stadium after himself
Change by Indian PM revealed just hours before start of third test match against England

A groundsman works on the field at the refurbished stadium in Ahmedabad, which can hold 110,000 spectators © Amit Dave/Reuters

February 24, 2021 2:09 pm by Benjamin Parkin in Ahmedabad and Amy Kazmin in New Delhi
Narendra Modi has renamed the world’s largest cricket stadium after himself, stealing the limelight before the ground’s inaugural India-England match on Wednesday.
The site on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, Modi’s political home town in the state of Gujarat, was recently rebuilt as the world’s largest cricket venue with capacity for 110,000 spectators.
Modi has sought to use a slate of signature projects — such as building the world’s tallest statue and remaking India’s parliament — to project himself as the country’s most transformative and powerful prime minister in decades.


“It’s quite stunning,” said Ronojoy Sen, a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore and author of a book on the history of sport in India. He argued that “the symbolism — the largest, the biggest, the best — being built in Ahmedabad” was central to Modi’s political brand.

“This is the first time in my memory at least that a living Indian [prime minister] has named a stadium after themselves,” he added.

The stadium was previously named after Sardar Patel, a leading figure in the independence movement and one of Modi’s political heroes.

Indian politicians have a long history of renaming cities, monuments and government programmes after dead leaders or historical figures, particularly to change names associated with the British Raj or Islamic empires.

The country is littered with buildings named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first post-independence prime minister, as well as his daughter and grandson, former prime ministers who were both assassinated. However, it is rare for living leaders to champion projects designed to celebrate themselves.

“The general rule is you wait for people to be out of office before bestowing those kinds of honours,” said Gilles Verniers, assistant professor of political science at Ashoka University.

Mayawati, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, was pilloried for spending public funds on expansive statue parks filled with likenesses of herself, her political mentor and elephants, her party’s symbol.

But Mayawati’s supporters defended the projects, saying the temple-like grounds were an inspiration for the party’s core constituents, drawn largely from the lower ranks of Hinduism’s caste system.

The renaming of the stadium drew praise from Modi’s followers and bemusement from his critics, who accuse the prime minister of concentrating all decision-making power in his tightly run office.

“World’s largest stadium dedicated to the world’s largest personality!” tweeted Preeti Gandhi, who is in charge of social media for the women’s wing of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party.

Gaurav Pandhi, who runs social media for the opposition Congress party, called it the “heights of narcissism . . . Megalomaniac!”

Modi served as chief minister of Gujarat before his ascent to the premiership in 2014.

The newly rebuilt stadium hosted Donald Trumpwhen he visited India last year, but its debut as a cricket venue was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The name change was revealed only a couple of hours before the start of the third test match on England’s tour of India. The ground was at half capacity on Wednesday, hosting about 50,000 fans, thanks to a precipitous nationwide drop in Covid-19 infections.

Prateek Dixit, a 54-year-old engineer from Ahmedabad who attended, said the stadium was a triumph for Modi.

“It’s a proud moment for India,” Dixit said. “This is Modi’s dream. This is Modi’s vision. He dreamt that he would make a big stadium in Ahmedabad, and now it’s complete.”

 
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He is the one who had the ambition to have the world's largest circular field stadium, topping MCG...Having the stadium in his name reminds people who had the vision...Now Modi needs to construct a 120,000 capacity cricket stadium that is air-conditioned and with retractable roof....and while at it a 120,000 retractable roof football stadium and a 120,000 retractable roof Olympic stadium (football pitch with athletic track and extra space).....Can't wait for the new stadiums under construction in Pak and BD....looking forward to Hasina's Boat



Feroz Shah Kotla needs to be rebuilt...The cricket stadium of the capital looks atrocious...back in 2006 BCCI thought of constructing a brand new stadium on the banks of Yamuna in time for the 2011 World Cup..I think they had budget of Rs 300-400 crore..around 60-80 million US dollars..but they later scrapped that plan and chose to rebuild Wankhede

Make Feroz Shah Kotla India's first retractable roof air-conditioned cricket stadium with a capacity of 120,000

India needs a brand new 25,000 seater Hockey Stadium too (I donot think there has been a purpose built Hockey stadium that goes above 23,000 capacity)...India has been recently improving in Hockey...2018 World Cup, India came 6th..
 
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Modi has a stronger will than 1.5bn Indians.

The man has convinced 1.5bn Indians to put his name on the biggest construction project undertaken in his own lifetime.

That's like Ramses outliving the construction of his own tomb pyramids.
 

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Why not? Narendra Modi was 3 times chief minister of Gujarat. Today he is the most popular PM of this country in recent times. This stadium is built per his dream. We Indians feel it is apt to name it after him. It's not for Pakistanis to worry about.
 

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He didn't name it after himself. This is a new stadium inside of a bigger "Sardar Vallabhai Patel" sports enclave.

Good move though, India should slowly start replacing all of our Nehru this, Ghandy that everything.. and rename it to Modi this, Jai Sri Ram that.. and stick it to the leftists/congressis.
 

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Why not? Narendra Modi was 3 times chief minister of Gujarat. Today he is the most popular PM of this country in recent times. This stadium is built per his dream. We Indians feel it is apt to name it after him. It's not for Pakistanis to worry about.
every hindu in india should be named Modi or Siri Modi g!
 

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May be they will plan to arrange a Pak Vs Ind T20 match world cup match in that stadium.
 

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Why not? Narendra Modi was 3 times chief minister of Gujarat. Today he is the most popular PM of this country in recent times. This stadium is built per his dream. We Indians feel it is apt to name it after him. It's not for Pakistanis to worry about.
No but the cheapness and the shallowness is cringe worthy - you don’t name things after yourself. Others name them after you have left office or in honor of your memory. It just shows weakness of personality thats all. As far as Pakistanis - yes not concerned but we will point out the shallowness as I had explained above, as your friendly neighborhood why should we let go of this full toss.
Now what is next on agenda? i say replace Gandhi’s picture on the Indian Rupee as well, after all he is the most popular PM of the whole world and his accomplishments are ... I honestly don’t know if he has any note worthy accomplishments other than Gujrat riots etc.
 
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