‘West Ben­gal’ wants name change for climb­ing up in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

The West Ben­gal assem­bly has ap­proved chang­ing the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ in all lan­guages. At present, the state is called ‘Paschim Banga’ or ‘Paschim Bangla’ in Ben­gali. The name was sug­gested in 1999. Ear­lier, the Ma­mata Ban­er­jee gov­ern­ment cleared dif­fer­ent names for Bangla in Hindi and English. How­ever, the move was stalled by the cen­tre two years back. The fact that the state ap­pears at the bot­tom in the al­pha­bet­i­cal list­ing of the state is one rea­son the chief min­is­ter is an­gling for the name change. In 2011, the pre­vi­ous Left Front gov­ern­ment led by Bud­dhadeb Bhat­tachar­jee had cleared the re­nam­ing of the state to Paschim­banga. How­ever, it was never cleared by the cen­tre.

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