Some right-wing hindu groups have launched a campaign supporting the name change of capital of Himachal Pradesh, PTI reported.
The report says that another controversy will hit India soon, because ruling BJP government is considering the proposal to rename Shimla as Shyamala.
Aman Puri, a Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) functionary, said that this popular holiday destination was originally called Shyamala, but as Britishers found it difficult to pronounce , they renamed it Simla, which later became Shimla, the queen of hills.
Shimla was declared the capital of British India in 1864 during summer time. It remained that way till India got independence in 1947.
“Many cities in different parts of India were historic names, but they were changed later. That’s why I see no harm in giving the original and historic names again. If the people of Shimla want to rechristen as Shyamala, the proposal can be considered,” state health minister Vipin Singh Parmar told the media.
This campaign divided the people of Shimla. Some people are favouring the name change and some are opposing it. Below are some reactions from common people on twitter:
As #bjp #NarendraModi @narendramodi have taken the beedha of changing names of Indian states… First it was praygraj then there is speculation of name change of shimla.
I would want to urge them to reclaim "BHARAT" in international forum
Than to INDIA… CHANGE INDIA 2 "BHARAT"
— Deepanshu chopra (@dee_chopra) October 21, 2018
Shimla is a world famous name and there’s urgent need to improve road and air connectivity to this beautiful town rather than irrelevant name change action..
— Sanjay (@sanjay5647) October 22, 2018
Congress has got nothing else to say against the outstanding work being done by BJP govt, so they are just trying to build unnecessary scene around Shimla's name.
— Chetan Bragta (@chetanbragta) October 22, 2018
if @BJP4India @BJP4Himachal is so keen to change the #british names First change the name of country #india to #Bharat then talk about #shimla name change #SaveShimlaNameCampaign #StopShimlaNameChange #pride #shimla #SaveShimlaName @UNESCO @worldbank
— Pawan Sharma (@iPawanSharma_) October 22, 2018
Sir plzzz shimla ka name change mat kijiy vo bhut acha h………its request…..too much ho rha h ab
— prakriti thapa (@niharikamalhot6) October 22, 2018
Log aage bdte h aur #HPCM @jairamthakurbjp peeche chal rhe h…
Bhayi race jo lgi h #BJPCM @myogiadityanath @mlkhattar m name change krne ki, toh Himachal peeche kaise rhe…
Now #Shimla as #Shyamala
Matlb had h yaar logo ne aapko name change krne ke liye nhi chuna h ! @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/IIxtdmB76w
— Amit Kumar (@meetuonline) October 22, 2018
If this name change is going to solve the water problems of Shimla, I am fine with adding the surname of Shyamala also.
— Shueb Maqsood (@shuebm) October 22, 2018
@Vipinparmarbjp A humble request to you SIr. Please don't change the name of Shimla. If you want to change it then atleast hold a referendum on this issue in Shimla and ask the people whether they agree with the name change.
— Soumyakanti Chakraborty 🇮🇳 (@soumyakanti17) October 21, 2018
Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, a senior Himachal Pradesh Congress leader, questioned the intention of the BJP and it’s supporters of the name change. Bhajji strongly opposed the proposal and asked, “What is the justification (for renaming)”
Bhajji argued by saying that this is tourist hub and historical place and if you change its name, it will lose its character.
What’s wrong with the name Shimla? Will the renaming ensure development? The state government should concentrate on state development instead of indulging in such frivolous antics, he added.