New Delhi, Jan 13 (Agencies):Tolstoy,Ashoka,Joseph Broz Tito, Max Mueller, Nelson Mandela,apart from being historical personalties they also share the distinction of hobnobbing with each other in a round about manner in the national capital.
  
Named after historic greats from across the world,the roads in Delhi seem to have lost their identities overtime at least to the common people of the city who commute on them regularly, say various experts.

"People living in Safdarjung or Hauz Khas areas in Delhi would not know,why their colonies are known by that name. Roads and colonies have been named after great writers
poets and artistes, but people living there lack knowledge of their own recent history," says Pawan K Varma, India's envoy to Bhutan.
 
In cities such as London,blue plaques outside apartments commemorate the legends who had lived in that area.

The plaques are permanent signs installed in a public place to link the location with a famous person or event.

The plaque schemes are also common in Paris, France, Rome, Italy, Oslo, Norway, Dublin, Northern Ireland, Poland, Canada and the United States.Voicing concern over the neglected places especially in the national capital, which are named after the great
legends, poet-lyricist-director Gulzar says, "In Russia,

the reflection of Tolstoy is just so great but in Delhi which is home to literary greats such as Ghalib, his legacy in the form of the building he lived in or the streets he walked while
composing his poems remain neglected."

The director was in the capital recently to attend a commemorative ceremony of Urdu poet Gulzar's 231st birth anniversary.
 
Not only the roads and colonies, the cities at large have been left at the mercy of their historically ignorant inhabitants who have decreased the valuable indicators of
Delhi's magnanimous heritage to commercial market complexes, points out Varma, who has authored books such as "Being Indian" and "The Great Indian Middle Class".

"Shahjahanabad is such a visible metaphor of neglect. In other states,their old cities are maintained as a point of attraction. In Delhi also, the Old City is a picture of
neglect" says the diplomat.

The sovereign city of Mughals which is specially mentioned in the architectural masterpieces of that era with historic Red Fort now looks more like an abused local market area with its streets laden with rubbish and pavements filled with shops and travel agencies.

"People renovate their houses and take pride in it but haveli of Ghalib is languishing in such a grave neglect.There should be a systematic movement to renovate and complete
buildings once occupied by legends like him," says Uma Sharma, a noted kathak dancer. Sharma who heads the Ghalib Memorial Movement had on the occasion of the poet's birth anniversary recently organised a half-kilometre walk from Ghanta Ghar in
Old Delhi to the poet's haveli.