Would you like to call West Bengal as ‘Bongo’? Following apparently in the footsteps of its neighbour Odisha, which changed its name from Orissa, the West Bengal goverment also wants a new name for the state. According to reports, the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet in West Bengal today passed a proposal to change the name of the state either to Bangla or Bongo. In English the state will be called as Bengal. ANI reported West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee as saying that a special session of the state Assembly would be called soon to pass a proposal to set on course the name-changing process. However, any such proposal would have to be finally approved by the Centre and the Parliament.
It seems changing names of cities, places and even institutions has become a new fad among politicians running the country. Recently, the the Union Cabinet approved a Bill to change the names of three High Courts in Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai as per present names of the cities. These courts are currently known as Madras High Court, Calcutta High Court and Mumbai High Court respectively. Even the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Madras High Court as Tamil Nadu High Court. Some months ago, the Haryana government had changed the name of Gurgaon as Gurugram, a move that continues to be joked about on social media.
The change in name of a state is not just an administrative headache, but it also drains financial resourses. As per estimates, change in name of Odisha alone cost about Rs 300 crore. However, as the West Bengal government seems to be determined to change name of the state, question remains if people of the state will be happy with the name — Bongo or Bangla, whatever it is.