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When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"  
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 44
Posted (13 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

Regardless of what it's been called by the locals, when did all the airlines and cartographers start referring to Bombay as Mumbai, and why?

"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

In Lithuanian it is still Bombėjus, not Mumbajus

By the way, when did Pusan became Busan and Calcutta -- Kolkatta?

User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1975 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?


User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1969 times:

I always thought it was Bombay.

BTW, I am waiting to see when Greece will eventually become Hellas globalwide.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1966 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!

User currently offlineSAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1955 times:

Don't forget that Madras is now Chennai!

User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

As long as they don't change the names of the dishes on an Indian restaurant menu things will be fine. I know where I stand with a Chicken Madras.

User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

I actually like the new names of the cities, especially Kolkata, as thats how the locals have been pronouncing it for years!


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1902 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  Wink/being sarcastic .
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.

Daniel Smile

P.S.: The Hindi name of Trivandrum is Thiruvananthapuram.

User currently offlineGoodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 917 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Trivandrum is now known as Trivunanthapuram, Calcutta is Kolkata, Madras is Chennai...

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

It is good that Vilnius is also Vilnius in English and so are all Lithuanian cities. However, Vilnius became Wilna in Polish and Vilna in Latvian. Strange...

User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Korea changed all of its english location name to the current one since March 2001.

Pusan goes Busan
Cheju goes Jeju
Taegu goes Daegu...etc

they changed the name because the name sounds more "local".

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