Consider the major air ports of india
GMR Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – Hyderabad
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport – Ahmedabad
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Mumbai
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport – Nagpur
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport – kolkata
Or the roads
Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg
Gurjar Samrat Mir Boj Marg
or the Goverment plans
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission
I agree that the nation wants to pay homage and show respect to those who have done so much for the country. So the conventional wisdom + regional political sentiments decides to name the Airport/Road/something with the leaders name, hoping that every time the aam aadmi will spent a minute in silence when the name is mentioned.
Does it ever work that way? what is the problem with long names?
No one uses it. Ever.
Have you ever heard someone say “I landed in Sardar vallabhbhai Patel International Airport yesterday” or “take the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose road and from Indira Priyadarshini Circle, turn right to Sri Udaykumar shankar Pandit Marg to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus”?
What is the bloody point in having a long name, then?
All of this long names will be shortened, eventually, to become MG road, JN Marg, NSCBI AirPort or NREGA- there by taking out the whole meaning. It doesn’t help even if you shorten it. Saying En Ess Cee Bee Aye is as strenuous as saying the long name.
People will always opt for easier alternatives. Kempe Gowda Bus station is still Majestic to Bangaloreans. Bengalore international Airport Limited or BIAL is still (just) the Airport.
So if this looooooong name exists only on your letter pads, What is the use of it?
It is not usable. infact, It doesn’t make sense.
What if the Pilot told you that “in the next few minutes, we are about to land in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport.” You first reaction would be “Did I board the right plane? I was supposed to go to Nagpur!”
Where did the good old days when I could fly from Bangalore Airport to Delhi Airport go?
Unless its absolutely necessary, the names should be sweet, short and informative. Nobody wants to spent 30 seconds to learn the name of a place.