The West Bengal Assembly, on Monday, passed a resolution to change the name of the state. The state, which is not new in the matters of name changes, will be referred to as Bangla in Hindi and Bengal in English. The resolution is now to be sent to the Centre for approval. Once passed by the centre, the state would be officially called Bangla or Bengal. Earlier last month, the Mamata Banerjee government had approved the change of name to either Bongo or Bangla.
Banerjee, during her first stint as the Chief Minister of the state, had raised the issue of practicality of administration. The state representatives, both at the political and bureaucratic levels, expressed their frustrations due to being at the bottom of national level meetings, as West Bengal featured way down in the alphabetical order. This was a problem, according to Banerjee as it resulted in the state’s voice being neglected or unheard at these forums. The thought got finally pushed into action after Mamata Banerjee returned from the Chief Ministers’meet in New Delhi, where she was very vocal on the issue of protection fo federal rights of the state.
The previous Left government led by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had also proposed “Pascghimbanga” as an alternative to West Bengal but had failed to pass a referendum on the issue. The name West Bengal came into existence when Bengal got divided into East and West Bengal. East Bengal became a part of Pakistan after independence but the 1971 war saw it become an independent country of Bangladesh.