After the West Bengal government passed a proposal to change the name of the state, prominent Bengali singer and the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Babul Supriyo said that the name should not be changed to bongo as it is a musical instrument. The statement comes in the wake of a proposal passed by the Mamta Banerjee cabinet to change the name of West Bengal state to Bangla or Bongo.
Even though the playback singer welcomed any name change, he compared the name to the musical instrument, Bongo which is an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument.
Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee said that a special session on the name changing process will be called soon, reported ANI. In an attempt to uplift the state’s position alphabetically, the ruling party had decided to change West Bengal’s name to ‘Paschimbanga’ in 2011. The party’s decision was supported by the opposition.
This is also an addition to a series of name changes that have taken place in the last few years. From Orissa to Odisha and Gurgaon to Gurugram, the trend continues as Didi plans to remove the ‘west’ from West Bengal.
However, how the people of the proposed ‘bengal’ react to this is yet to be seen.
Here is what Babul Supriyo tweeted:
Bengal in English is fantastic & makes a great pair with Bangla the State & it’s language Bangla Bhasha – but not BONGO PLEASEEEEEE
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) August 2, 2016