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Bangla, Name change, West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee

My name change versus yours: Why is Mamata Banerjee angry?

The West Bengal chief minister’s knack for giving new names to the old and new alike has often caught the imagination of the masses.


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Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, Name change, BJP

The cretins vs composite culture

Now, as Faizabad becomes Ayodhya, the BJP has proven it is bereft of India's grand fusion traditions, of appreciating its melting poetry, its sharp syncretic wit.


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Prayagraj, Yogi Adityanath, Name change, Ayodhya

Faizabad becomes Ayodhya: Why we are not surprised at all this time

Awadh’s first nawab Saadat Ali Khan, who built Faizabad in 1730, made no attempt to give any new name to Ayodhya.


 |  Shorts In The Dark  |  4-minute read
Name change, Yogi Adityanath, Allahabad, Prayagraj

Be it Allahabad or Prayagraj: Why a typical Illahabadi won’t be bothered at all

This is no Mumbai/ Bombay narrative. Allahabad/ Prayagraj makes and lives by its own rules.


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Embarrassing names, Name change, Rajasthan, Vasundhare Raje

Why wait for polls: Some village names in India are so embarrassing, they should be changed immediately

Away from the blinding light of politics, these places lie unknown, unnoticed, but unfortunately, not anonymous.


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Legal, Social norms, Women, Marriage

Why must women go through the burden of changing last name after marriage?

The drama must end.