The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government is on an unending spree to change names of cities, roads, crossroads, buildings and what not. Days after the announcement of name change of Allahabad to Prayagraj, the Union Cabinet has approved UP government’s proposal to change the name of Faizabad to Ayodhya. But what is this all about?
In past one year, the Central government has approved changing names of as many as 25 cities, towns and villages all over India; not even counting the changes in building and road names. Allahabad became Prayagraj – because they say, that Allahabad was originally called Prayag, over 400 years ago. Soon after that, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announced that Ahmedabad will be changed to Karnavati before Lok Sabha elections. Someone wants to change Agra to Agrawal and Pune to Jijapur too.
And the Union Cabinet just approved changing the name of Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad to Ayodhya, just a week after Yogi announced about it on Diwali. While other important bills and proposals remain unchecked. If you are wondering about what was the quick, almost spontaneous approval from Central government was about, it is because – they find it “justified” based on the “facts” that Ayodhya had been the capital of the legendary “Ishvaku dynasty”, the birthplace of Lord Ram and a capital of many dynasties and states. So that is how it is justified, verbally. So the name of city might change, but district headquarter, however, won’t change and will remain Faizabad.
It should be noted that changing name of cities is a tedious and costly affair that involves tons of paperwork like changes in names of buildings, signboards, roads, administrative papers and a lot of other things. This money could rather be utilised in other important things like developing roads, public facilities, infrastructure, etc. However, we mustn’t debate because it is about making “corrections in history” by renaming our cities.