Indianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
The British had a major problem with pronouncing Indian names, so Mumbai-Devi/Mumbai became Bombay, Kolkaata became Calcutta, Kozhikode becam Calicut, Kollam became Quilon and so on...
All the renaming business began when these pseudo-Nazi political parties like the Shiv Sena came to power and decided to bring back the glory of India's Aryan heritage by restoring those old names! There are better ways to restore our Aryan heritage to its glorious past, but who is to tell that to Indian politicians?
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
Indianguy, is the general consenus in India that the name changes were unnecessary? I really liked Bombay, Calcutta, Madras etc.
What about Trivandrum? I heard that had a name change too?
I'm reading a really interesting book on the design and planning of the 'new Delhi' (south) in the early 1900s by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker-the Viceroy's residence on Raisina hill, the secretariats etc...they argued over whether the styles adopted should be more imperial or moghul in nature. Quite interesting really!
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Well, I don´t really see this as a name change but rather as a linguistic problem. There are Hindi names, there are English names. I´ll use the English ones because my English is slightly better than my Hindi .
Happens all over the world, Muenchen is Munich in English, Spanish and French, Monaco in Italian. Moskva is Moscow in English, Moskau in German, Moscou in French, Moscú in Spanish. It´s a bad thing when politics mix with linguistics.
P.S.: The Hindi name of Trivandrum is Thiruvananthapuram.