New Delhi: Ahead of the Kumbh Mela this year, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal to rename ‘Allahabad’ as ‘Prayagraj’.
“Allahabad to be called Prayagraj from today,” Siddharth Nath Singh, the state health minister, told news agency ANI.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on a trip to Allahabad on Saturday, announced there was a proposal to rename the city, amid protest from opposition parties.
Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the CM for taking credit by just renaming cities. “Raja Harshvardhan made ‘Prayag Kumbh’ great by offering donations, but today’s rulers are trying to take credit for the work just by renaming the city to ‘Prayagraj’,” the former chief minister tweeted on Monday. “They (BJP) have even re-named ‘Ardh Kumbh’ as ‘Kumbh’. This mocks our tradition and belief.”
The Congress, too, hit out at the ruling dispensation.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Onkarnath Singh said changing the name of the historic city to ‘Prayagraj’ is an attempt to toy with the history of the nation.
Allahabad’s ancient name was ‘Prayag’, but was changed after 16th-century Mughal emperor Akbar built a fort near ‘Sangam’, the holy confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. He named the fort and its neighbourhood ‘Ilahabad’. Later, Akbar’s grandson Shah Jahan renamed the entire city as ‘Allahabad’. But the area near the ‘Sangam’, the site of the Kumbh Mela, continues to be known as ‘Prayag’.
“Prayag is where Lord Brahma performed the first yagna. The confluence of two rivers is a ‘prayag’, and in Allahabad three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Hence, it is the king of ‘prayags’. That is why it is ‘Prayagraj’,” the chief minister said explaining the root of the name.
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state had earlier changed the name of railway station ‘Mughalsarai Junction’ as ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction’. Also, ‘Mughalsarai’ was made ‘Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar’, after the noted RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
This change in name of cities has got a mixed response from citizens. While some praised Yogi Adityanath’s decision, others slammed him for concentrating on changing names rather than improving the condition of the state.
Check out some tweets here:
Its OFFICIAL ..
Allahabad .. OUT
Praygaraj .. IN
— #Intolerant भारतीय (@goyalsanjeev) October 16, 2018
Why does it make you uneasy? And why do you bring in such analogy? What Hitler did to minority jews, Islamist and Christian colonisers did that to majority Hindus to annihilate their morale & self-respect. #Prayagraj is a beautiful name, Allahabad symbolises Islamist barbarism.
— Rajesh Kumar Singh (@Neelnabh) October 16, 2018
I m sure once we r done renaming all places to thr Original Hindu names all these places will bcom-
Safe havens for women & children
Agriculture & small Industries will flourish
People will stop throwing garbage
— Saqib Khawaja 🇮🇳 ثاقب 🇮🇳 (@Saqibkhawaja_) October 16, 2018
After #Allahabad ,
What if @myogiadityanath will start dreaming to change the name of Lucknow next?
You can't end diversity because it is the basic element of Nature.
— Keshav Chand Yadav (@keshavyadaviyc) October 16, 2018
whoever talking abt Mughals & all justifying #Allahabad name changing process. Is it so imp. to do it now in-spite of education, unemployment and other basic needs.
— Meera Singhania (@MeeraSinghania) October 16, 2018
We are a city, not a train! Fuck #Prayagraj!!!!! The CM needs to change the condition of the city which looks worse than a village these days instead of focussing on its name!
— Shivani Kanodia (@shivanikanodia) October 16, 2018
So many cities have changed names in India post independence but if Allahabad changes to Prayagraj hell breaks over.
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) October 16, 2018
#Allahabad #Bombay #madras #Calcutta #Bangalore people will call these cities with the name they have spoken a billion times these netaas can change the names only on paper.
For me Bombay will remain Bombay always. pic.twitter.com/9vdsug6UKY
— 🇮🇳 Murtuza ☪🕉✝✡ (@murtuzaspeaks) October 16, 2018
Renaming #Allahabad is a vile thing to do. Yes, other regimes have played the re-naming game and regimes across the world do it. But seeking to re-write history in a deliberately provocative manner cannot have positive repercussions
— Vivek Sengupta (@vsengupta) October 16, 2018
— Dhruv Limbachiya (@DNLIMBACHIYA) October 16, 2018
— saurabh nayak (@saurabh_nayak1) October 16, 2018
— Aaquib Raoof🇮🇳 (@raoofaaquib) October 14, 2018
— Dharmic Memes for Hindu Teens (@Sanateens) October 16, 2018
— AMIT JAISWAL🗣️ (@iamamitjaiswal) October 16, 2018
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) October 16, 2018
Best gift for this year’s #KumbhMela from CM @myogiadityanath is the restoration of name from #Allahabad to #Prayagraj.
Great initiative. @Swamy39 @TajinderBagga @narendramodi @BJP4EastDelhi pic.twitter.com/Pv47x8vsYS
— #BadHinduSunil Kapoor 4 #RamTemple (@sunilkapoor8) October 16, 2018
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— Rakesh Kumar (@rakeshfeb1981) October 16, 2018
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— #सत्यसारथी – नरेंद्र (@SATYASAARTHI) October 15, 2018
— Brajesh Rajput (@brajeshrajput91) October 15, 2018