1. Andaman’s Havelock Island to be renamed? BJP MP says, ‘Why name a place after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857’

Andaman’s Havelock Island to be renamed? BJP MP says, ‘Why name a place after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857’

BJP member L A Ganesan raised the matter during the Zero Hour saying that Havelock had fought against Indians during 1857 revolt led by leaders like Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2017 2:13 PM
A demand was made in the Rajya Sabha today to change the name of Havelock island in the Andamans with a BJP member saying that naming a place after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857 was a matter of shame. (PTI)

A demand was made in the Rajya Sabha today to change the name of Havelock island in the Andamans with a BJP member saying that naming a place after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857 was a matter of shame. BJP member L A Ganesan raised the matter during the Zero Hour saying that Havelock had fought against Indians during 1857 revolt led by leaders like Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. He said there was a statue of him in the Trafalgar Square in London for his role in crushing the forces of Indian patriots.

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Ganesan questioned that over 60 years after Independence, there is still an island named after such a person. “Can there be a greater insult than this to our patriots,” Ganesan asked. He also said that Andaman islands is a place where people like Veer Savarkar had been jailed. After Ganesan raised questions about an island being named after an East India Company’s General, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said it was a good suggestion which the government should examine.

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