Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2018

Politics of name change


What is in a name? It is what one asks when he/she learns about the UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s plan to change names of Arab sounding cities. Actually, it is utter foolishness to consider it as a mere effort of a CM to increase the prospects of his cities with the aid of name change. Definitely, there is a clear politics in it.

Recently, in the parliament, the central home ministry has admitted that they have received at least eleven name change proposals so far. As per its statement, these requests have come from Rajasthan, Nagaland, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.

Importantly, most of the states which have filed name change requests are ruled by the Saffron Party.

A political expert says that the BJP tries to polarise the electorate of the country on the lines of caste and religion as it is well aware that if it does not try it it may not be able to remain in power for long. The expert adds that this time it will not be able to mobilise voters with the help of development narrative so it tries to derive an alternative narrative with the politics of name change.

Since December last year, the central home ministry has permitted nearly twenty-two name changes.

It is good to remember one thing that the country’s electorate is intelligent enough to understand the politics of name change.


Vignesh. S. G

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