Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that the state government will launch a portal to invite suggestions for renaming towns, villages and villages.
The Chief Minister of Assam tweeted saying: “That’s a lot in a name,” and added that they will launch a portal to invite suggestions on renaming across Assam which is contrary to their civilization, culture and derogatory to any caste or community.
Himanta Biswa Sarma emphasized that the name of a city, town or village should represent its culture, civilization and tradition.
THERE IS A LOT IN A NAME
The name of a city, town or village should represent its culture, tradition and civilization.
We will launch a portal to invite suggestions on changing names across Assam which are contrary to our civilization, culture and derogatory to any caste or community.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa)
February 16, 2022
Renaming cities in India
Renaming of cities in India is not a new trend, it started as early as 1947 after the end of British rule in India. There have been several name change proposals since then, some of them controversial. All proposed renaming of towns and villages must be approved by the central government.
The renaming of several states and territories has also taken place since India’s independence, including the renaming of Travancore-Cochin to Kerala in 1956, the reorganization of Madhya Bharat to Madhya Pradesh in 1959, the state from Madras in Tamil Nadu in 1969 and Mysore state in Karnataka in 1973 and Uttaranchal in Uttarakhand in 2007.
There have also been changes in the English spelling of several states and cities to match their local dialect, such as Calcutta to Kolkata, Orissa to Odisha, Pondicherry to Pondicherry, Bangalore to Bengaluru, Mangalore to Mangaluru, Gurgaon to Gurugram, Bombay to Mumbai, Trivandrum to Thiruvananthapuram, Madras to Chennai, Cochin to Kochi, Gauhati to Guwahati, Baroda to Vadodara, Poona to Pune, Mysore to Mysuru, Trichur to Thrissur
Most recently, in 2019, the Union government approved the renaming of the historic city of Allahabad to Prayagraj, returning to the city’s original name Prayag, which means a “place of offerings”. Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh was also renamed Ayodhya.
List of renamed states in India
East Punjab in Punjab (26 January 1950)
United Provinces in Uttar Pradesh (January 24, 1950)
Hyderabad + Andhra State in Andhra Pradesh (1 November 1956)
Travancore-Cochin in Kerala (1 November 1956).
Madhya Bharat in Madhya Pradesh (1 November 1959)
Madras State in Tamil Nadu (January 14, 1969)
Mysore State in Karnataka (1 November 1973)
Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand (January 1, 2007)
Orissa to Odisha (4 November 2011)
List of renamed UTs in India
Laccadives, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands at Lakshadweep (November 1, 1973)
Pondicherry to Pondicherry (October 1, 2006)