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Rajasthan govt is renaming ‘Muslim-sounding’ villages

Decision comes after locals complained about the names of their villages.

New Delhi/Jaipur: Three villages with seemingly ‘Islamic’ names have been rechristened by the Rajasthan government. The decision was formally implemented by Vasundhara Raje government after it received the nod from the Centre.

According to sources, the decision was taken after local residents in these villages complained of the ‘Muslim-sounding’ names of their villages. The village of ‘Miyon Ka Bara’ in the border district of Barmer is one such example. The village, with a population of around 2,000 people, is a Hindu-majority village. Only four families in the village are Muslim.

Locals had reportedly asked the district administration to change the name of the village since they were “embarrassed” by it. An official said locals had complained that young people in their village had stopped receiving marriage proposals from other neighbouring villages owing to the ‘Muslim-sounding’ name of the village.

“In future, this village will be known, identified and addressed by its changed name ‘Mahesh Nagar’,” a state government circular, dated August 1, read. Also, what was formerly known as Ismailpur village in Jhunjhunu district will be known as ‘Pichanwa Khurd’. Meanwhile, Narpara village in Jalore district was renamed ‘Narpura’.

3 villages rechristened

  • From now on Miyan ka Bara village in Barmer district will be known as Mahesh Nagar, Narpada in Jalore district as Narpura & Ismailpur in Jhunjhunu district, has been renamed as Pichanwa Khurd.
  • The rechristening of the names comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding the renaming of the Mughalsarai railway junction to Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction in UP.
  • Residents cite dearth of matrimonial prospects
  • Miyon ka Bara, consisting of around 2,000 people, is a Hindu-majority village and only four families belong to the Muslim community. An official reportedly said locals had complained that young people in the village had stopped receiving marriage proposals from other neighbouring villages owing to the ‘Muslim-sounding’ name of the village.

Bengaluru service offers ‘pure Brahmin meals’

  • A Bengaluru-based catering establishment has started publicizing a new service that’s set to launch on August 15 – a pure Brahmin lunch box service.
  • On Tuesday, lawyer and activist Dr B Karthik Navayana posted an image of a banner advertising ‘pure Brahmin lunch box service’ on micro-blogging site Twitter.
  • The advertisement states that it will deliver freshly-made ‘Pure Brahmin’ food expressly to the doorsteps of interested customers in several areas of Bengaluru.
  • Most on social media agreed that the advertisement, as well as the service, reeked of casteism.
  • The outrage against ‘casteist’ food has been raised by several Dalit rights activists who have claimed that exclusive food has been a traditional way to exclude Dalits from mainstream food preferences. Cuisines that belong to so-called ‘lower-castes’ have been systematically kept out of mainstream Indian culinary culture.
  • The home ministry has received around 27 proposals from different states with the request for a change of names for various villages, towns and railway stations.
  • The Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan had submitted eight proposals between January 2017 to February 2018.

Oppn criticises the move

The opposition has accused the BJP government of polarising voters and trying to wedge a divide between two communities.

However, BJP MLA from Siwana, Hameersingh Bhayal, claimed that the demand to rename ‘Miyan ka Bara’ was 10 years old and it was renamed Mahesh Nagar due to the presence of a Shiva deity in the village.

‘It has been named Mahesh Nagar due to the presence of Shiva in the village. Earlier too, this place was referred to as Mahesh Nagar but over a period of time, due to the people migrating to the village, everyone started referring to it as Miyon ka Bara,’ he said.

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