Re­nam­ing ci­ties

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Sir,

UP Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath de­serves all praise for his con­tin­ued ini­tia­tive to re­spect sen­ti­ments of ma­jor­ity Hin­dus by nam­ing Faiz­abad as Ay­o­d­hya af­ter the re­nam­ing of Al­la­habad and Mughal­sarai. The Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment should make com­plete stud­ied list of all ci­ties and dis­tricts where change in names or Ro­man spellings are re­quired and send such list to all the States so that in­stead of grad­ual changes, all re­quired changes may be done with ef­fect from forth­com­ing Repub­lic Day.

Since even Pak­istan ac­knowl­edges La­hore be­ing named af­ter Luv, son of Lord Ram be­cause of Luv hav­ing es­tab­lished La­hore, it is more than re­quired of In­dian States that they may af­fect the re­quired changes with­out any de­lay like Luc­know can be re­named as Lak­sh­man­pur. There are too many Ram­purs and Bi­laspurs in In­dia which re­quire re­nam­ing to avoid con­fu­sion. New names can be af­ter heroic char­ac­ters of Ra­mayan and Ma­hab­harat. Peo­ple born much af­ter In­dia got in­de­pen­dence are of­ten con­fused why a State in eastern part of the coun­try is named as West Ben­gal. Only old­timers know that since the west­ern part of pre-in­de­pen­dence un­di­vided Ben­gal came to In­dia, the State was named as West Ben­gal, and East Ben­gal turned into East Pak­istan, now Bangladesh. The pre­fix West should be re­moved from name of the State. Even the name Pashchim­banga sug­gested by the State-Gov­ern­ment is not cor­rect be­cause again it has Hindi pre-fix Pashchim in the sug­gested name. Madhu Agrawal, New Delhi

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