Renaming and banning names galore this month, all in 3 BJP-ruled states
Besides renaming cities and roads, the governments are also on a spree to ban the use of words. About 10 days ago, the Madhya Pradesh (MP) assembly banned the use of 1,161 words inside the house, terming them “unparliamentary”. On Wednesday, the Haryana government put a stop on the usage of the expression “Gorakh dhandha” in official communication. Incidentally, both MP and Haryana are ruled by the BJP.
Just the previous day, in another BJP-ruled state Uttar Pradesh (UP), the Aligarh district panchayat passed a resolution to rename the city to Harigarh. On the same day, the state’s Mainpuri district panchayat also passed a resolution to rename the city to Mayan Nagar after sage Mayan who founded the city.
…. While renaming is taking place in UP, banning of names has happened in MP and Haryana – all these developments have taken place this month so far.