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Lucknow zoo renamed after last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

Jun 24, 2015 12:00 IST

Lucknow Prani UdyanUttar Pradesh Government on 23 June 2015 renamed the Lucknow Prani Udyan, popularly known as Lucknow zoo, as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, Lucknow.  

Shah was the last Nawab of Oudh under whom the province was annexed by the British under the policy of Doctrine of Lapse in 1856. Later, Shah was exiled to Matia Birj in Bengal.

Lucknow Zoo established in 1921 and named after England’s Prince of Wales as Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens was renamed as Lucknow Prani Udyan on 4 June 2001.

Since independence, it is the first incident in which a monument was named after a Nawab of Oudh or Avadh.

Besides, the state government also renamed Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary of Unnao district as Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Azad Pakshi Vihar, Nawabganj. The sanctuary was named after revolutionary freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad because of Azad’s parental ties with Unnao district.

Azad was born on 23 July 1906 in Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh but his father Sitaram Tiwari, belonged to Badarka village in Unnao district.

The decisions of renaming the zoo and bird sanctuary were taken at a cabinet meet chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

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