BJP state government in Utter Pradesh renamed the historical city in India Allahabad as Prayagraj. It is seen many in India as a blatant attempt to distort the historical and cultural heritage of India.
BJP is trying to rewrite the history in accordance with its own ideology and thoughts. It wants to distort the history to malign and undermine the period of Muslimdomination in India. BJP is trying to pose the Indian Muslim rulers as villains who looted and plunder the India and contribute nothing to the society.
The extreme rightwing Hindu nationalist chief minister of Utter Pradesh (UP) Yogi Adityanath is deliberately trying to target the Muslim minority in his state to get support from hardline Hindu fanatics. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet earlier approved a proposal to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’ amid protests by the opposition parties, reported by Indian media. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath presided over the cabinet meeting that cleared the proposal for renaming of Allahabad.
Briefing media persons about the state cabinet’s decisions, UP minister for medical and health and government spokesman Sidharth Nath Singh said, “Allahabad will be known as Prayagraj from today. We will take this process ahead and write to the central institutions to change their names. These institutions include Allahabad University, Allahabad high court and Allahabad railway station.”
“A number of saints raised the demand for renaming of Allahabad. Governor Ram Naik and chief justice of the Allahabad high court justice DB Bhosale had also attended the Kumbh Mela Marg Darshak Mandal meeting,” he said.“Allahabad was known as Prayagraj about 500 years ago. We are restoring its name now,” claimed Singh. Replying to a question, Singh said Allahabad was the most important of 14 Prayags in India.
“A number of saints raised the demand for renaming of Allahabad. Governor Ram Naik and chief justice of the Allahabad high court justice DB Bhosale had also attended the Kumbh Mela Marg Darshak Mandal meeting,” he said.
“Allahabad was known as Prayagraj about 500 years ago. We are restoring its name now,” claimed Singh. Replying to a question, Singh said Allahabad was the most important of 14 Prayags in India.
Meanwhile, the Yogi government’s move triggered a fresh round of politics with the opposition parties taking strong exception to the decision.
“During Gandhi-era and fight for independence, Allahabad has been a Centre for inspiration. In 1888, 1892 and then in 1910, Congress Mahaadhiveshans took place here, which gave shape to the freedom movement. The city gave the country its first Prime Minister,” Congress had said.
Hours after the decision, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav expressed his opposition, saying, “BJP must learn to differentiate between ‘naam aur kaam (name and work)’. When will BJP end the politics of name change? It is already over a year-and-a-half, when will the BJP government in the state begin working? When will development become part of politics? BJP must reply all these questions. People won’t benefit by the daily talks about cow-dung or brooms. BJP’s government has exhausted four-and-a-half years at the Centre and one-and-a-half year in UP. BJP is the failed political party.”
Utter Pradesh is the largest state in India with having largest numbers of seats for parliament. BJP wants to win the maximum number of seats from UP to retain its government in Delhi in 2019 general elections. UP have 86 seats in Lok Sabha. BJP won more than 70 seats in the last general elections from UP. Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress are the main opponents of BJP in this key battle ground state.
BJP wants to win the next general elections on the basis of Muslim hatred and Hinduata. BJP is deliberately creating divisions among different religious and ethnic communities. It is using the already existing caste, ethnic and nationalist divisions and differences in the society to gain the support among the different sections of population.
The Modi led government has failed to fulfill the promises and pledges it made in the last general elections. The economic situation hasn’t changed for the majority of the population. So Modi government wants to use hatred and bigotry to win the elections. So the Modi government is also using the non-issues like city name change to divert the attention of the masses from the real issues of poverty, unemployment, economic progress , promised prosperity and jobs.
India is in the grip of religious extremism and reaction. The rightwing reactionary forces are scapegoating the Muslim population to cover up their own failures and inability to solve the basic problems of the Indian masses. The name change is a clear attempt to distort the history and cultural heritage.
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26 May, 2019