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Naming Clifton Road as Cowasjee Avenue

ADIEU, my most helpful, kind, supportive and true friend Ardeshir Sahib. Significantly, for your rendered, unflinching assistance to Shiites and minorities, you passed away on Nov 24, the day auguring the auspicious Ashura.

Already, I miss visiting your residence on Mary Road and being greeted by your lovely dogs. For two decades, I have been opening Dawn of Friday and Sunday, weekends, on your column. Breakfast table, Dawn’s weekly, my father, would ask me to read to him Cowasjee’s observations while making the wry comment in Gugarati: “Soun bole che, Ardeshir sahib.”

Hopefully, the coming more educated generation will pick up, come to terms with your ideals and the nation will emerge, as you envisaged, in Jinnah’s secular Pakistan. Populace will become peace-loving, corruption-free, tolerant and progressive, where all Pakistanis irrespective of their cast or creed will live in harmony and tranquillity.

For Ardeshir Sahib’s contribution and services to retaining the pleasant environment of Karachi, a resolution should be moved to give to Clifton the nomenclature of Ardeshir Cowasjee Avenue, just as Deepchand Ojha Road had been named Business Recorder Road, Drigh Road as Shah Faisal Road, and Father Jamanez Road renamed Mahomed Ali Habib, for the philanthropic Seth’s endowment upon the Shiite community, his prized Mehfil-i-Shah-i-Khurasan.


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Comments (7) Closed

Dec 14, 2012 01:53pm
That is a good idea; just do it.
Dec 14, 2012 10:00am
I do not agree- Clifton is very old name and I not agree with re naming
Dec 14, 2012 07:54am
Naming a road after him would be just a token gesture to great Cowasjee. His goals of a more tolerant and corruption Pakistan are his real contribution.
Dec 15, 2012 12:33am
I agree. Cowasjee Sahib would have laughed at us. Maybe he is right now.
Dec 14, 2012 04:09pm
If any one wants to keep the memory of Cowasjee alive in the minds of our thankless nation; perhaps the best thing to do is to build an Educational Institution in his name. Cowasjee was a traditional guy, so in his honor, clean up the city, build orchards & gardens, refurbish the old heritage buildings and leave them with their original names. Also fix encroachment and unauthorized construction. Most of all give support to his associates who are still trying to do good to Karachi and have lost a powerful friend.
Dec 14, 2012 04:12pm
Clifton Road is a simple historical name which has logic to it but as in all things in pakistan we seem to be really good at destroying things that work. There is no merit in changing Clifton Road to Ardeshir Cowasjee Avenue...or Shahrae Ardeshir Cowasjee or Khyabane Ardeshir Cowasjee. It does not do any justice to his memory as he himself would be against the idea of renaming Roads that have existed from Pre partition and give the city of Karachi and international flavour... Pls mr Dossa just plant a tree in his name...
Dec 14, 2012 12:36pm
Renaming a road does not do any justice to the memory of the new person whose name will bear the road, neither do it does any service to history. Clifton road reminds you the British, which you can only ignore at your perils. Deepchand Ojha Road had been named Business Recorder Road, Drigh Road as Shah Faisal Road, and Father Jamanez Road renamed Mahomed Ali Habib... why on earth it had been done at the first place? Those people must have done something good for the then community else their name would not be there. Why change now? Name some other new roads in their names. Renaming Bombay as Mumbai does not erase that part of the history which was owned by the British. It sounds silly.