1. West Bengal to send another proposal to Centre over renaming state

West Bengal to send another proposal to Centre over renaming state

The West Bengal government will send another proposal to the Central government seeking to change the name of the state to Bangla in all three languages - Bengali, Hindi and English.

By: | Kolkata | Published: September 9, 2017 12:37 AM
West Bengal, West Bengal govt, West Bengal news, West Bengal latest news, West Bengal renaming, mamata banerjee, west bengal new name Soon after coming to power in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government had undertaken the renaming exercise. (PTI)

The West Bengal government will send another proposal to the Central government seeking to change the name of the state to Bangla in all three languages – Bengali, Hindi and English. A year ago, the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution proposing the name of the state be changed to ‘Bangla’ in Bengali, ‘Bengal’ in English and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi, but the Central government had rejected the proposal. “We will send another proposal of changing the name to Bangla in all three languages,” state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said here after a cabinet meeting. Soon after coming to power in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government had undertaken the renaming exercise.

Incidentally, the Left regime led by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, which in 2001 renamed the capital Calcutta as Kolkata, had made a similar proposal. But the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress had opposed it tooth and nail then. After the Partition of India in 1947, Bengal was bifurcated as East Bengal and West Bengal. East Bengal became a part of Pakistan. It was rechristened East Pakistan in 1956 and later emerged as the independent nation of Bangladesh after the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

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    soumya sengupta
    Oct 1, 2017 at 11:45 pm
    Now-a-days people are hardly concerned about renaming a particular city or a state. What concerns them is the current state of affairs which impacts their future growth and job opportunities. Bengal was once the leading industrial zone in terms of job creations and the preferred seat for learning. Politics has ruined the future of this state. Educational system has almost collapsed. Youths are jobless and frustrated. Big industrial houses have moved out of the state due to lack of cooperation from the Government and unwanted hartals and strikes which has almost paralyzed the economy. The successive Governments have hardly focused on the development aspects of the region and more concerned on the renaming of the state. The youths have migrated to other cities for job opportunities. Kolkata is no longer a preferred destination for the tourists due to lack of infrastructure and unfriendly at ude of the localities. Industrialists have almost stopped investing for fear of backlash.
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      Bonku
      Oct 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm
      Will the renaming of west Bengal bring industrial development to the state and create new job opportunities. Most of the youths of west Bengal are jobless. The credit goes to the successive governments which forced the industrialists to wind up their businesses and leave the stae. The state is characterized by large scale hartals, industrial lockups and road blockage andolans. The crowd is already moving to cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai in search of jobs. Except Durga puja, Rasgullas and Fish curry, the state has practically nothing to offer the younger generation.Also there is large scale politics in the colleges and universities. Student politics are a common phenomenon. This has completely ruined the educational system in the state. Students who come from other states to study in the educational ins utes are underestimated ill treated by the locals.There is no proper infrastructure in place. The road conditions are pathetic. Renaming is just a political stunt.
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        shriniwas kelkar
        Sep 9, 2017 at 9:02 am
        This renaming of cities, regions and states has become a political stunt. Some years ago, Gujrat BJP government passed a resolution to rename Ahamedabad as Karnavati and sent it to the Central Government which was obviously rejected. Now that BJP is in power in both center and state, they are quiet about this. So this is all for gaining political millimeter-age.
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