After Allahabad, govt planning to rename Shimla

New Delhi: Following the steps of Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government, who changed the name of Allahabad city to Prayag Raj, Himachal Pradesh’s Jai Ram Thakur government is likely to change the name of famous tourist place Shimla to Shyamala.

As per reports, Thakur will seek public opinion for the renaming exercise, the report said. Before this in 2016, the then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had rejected such demands and said that being a global tourist destination, there was no need to change the name of Shimla.

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But, the present BJP government and its ministers think otherwise. Himachal health minister Vipin Parmar believes that there is ‘no harm’ in changing the name.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has been one of the major voices of changing name of Shimla. VHP state chief Aman Puri says that the British could not say Shyamala properly and hence they changed the name to Shimla. He says that since India is free country now, we can go back to the old names. Continuing with the names given by the British is a sign of ‘mental slavery’, the VHP said.

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The VHP has also been demanding Dalhousie be renamed after famous revolutionary leader Subhas Chandra Bose and Nurpur town should be named after 1857 war of independence warrior Ram Singh Pathania, instead of Mughal empress Noor Jahan.

The clamour for renaming it after a local deity, Shyamala, picked up storm after the Uttar Pradesh government renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj.