India has been on the name changing spree. During last 5 years names of many places, roads and monuments have been changed on the basis of the present names being reminder of colonial era or names being derogatory and names of some places being after some Moghul king who was not positively inclined towards the original inhabitants. Another argument for changing names was to replace those alien names with our own local heroes. Here is a list of some changed names during last 5 years in chronological order.
Bangalore became Bangaluru. In all, the names of 12 places in Karnataka changed to reflect original Kannada pronunciation. Mysore became Mysuru and Mangalore became Mangaluru.
Aurangzeb road in Delhi became APJ Abdul Kalam road.
Rajahmundry was renamed Rajamahendravaram in the honour of 11th century king
Gurgaon became Gurugram after Guru Dronacharya of Kauravas of Mahabharata fame. Mewat renamed to Nuh.
Bangalore city railway station renamed Krantivira Sangoli Rayanna, 19th century freedom fighter.
Race Course road in Delhi renamed Lok Kalyan Marg, giving 7 RCR a new address.
Ganda village in Fatehabad district of Haryana renamed Ajit Nagar after a petition to PM by teenager Harpreet Kaur Malkat. Kinnar village changed to Gaibi Nagar. Both previous names had derogatory shades.
Odisha’s Wheeler island, home to a missile testing range was renamed APJ Abdul Kalam Island.
Kandla port in Gujarat was renamed Deendayal Port to mark the centenary year of Jana Sangha co-founder.
Chor Basai in Rajasthan lost Chor. Nachania in Bihar became Kashipur.
Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station named after British governor was renamed Prabhadevi.
“Miyon Ka Bara” village in Barmer Rajasthan got new name Mahesh Nagar as residents alleged that due to Muslim sounding name it was hard to get marriage proposals.
Mughalsarai junction founded in 1860 and one of the busiest junctions in country renamed as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction.
West Bengal assembly passed a resolution to change the state’s name to Bangla. Mamata Banerjee didi found that due to alphabetical pecking order, her bureaucrats were called last at central meetings. With changed name “Bangla” pecking order will be on top almost.
The process continues unabated. Next on the anvil are the names of trains based on the great personalities which belonged to the originating stations.