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When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 1:52 am

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?
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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 1:55 am

In Lithuanian it is still Bombėjus, not Mumbajus

By the way, when did Pusan became Busan and Calcutta -- Kolkatta?
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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 4:12 am

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?

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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 4:23 am

I always thought it was Bombay.

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

RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 4:34 am

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!

RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 5:09 am

Don't forget that Madras is now Chennai!
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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 4:32 pm

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.
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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 5:12 pm

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

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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 8:04 pm

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.

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P.S.: The Hindi name of Trivandrum is Thiruvananthapuram.
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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumba

Wed May 22, 2002 8:11 pm

Trivandrum is now known as Trivunanthapuram, Calcutta is Kolkata, Madras is Chennai...
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RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Wed May 22, 2002 8:19 pm

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...

RE: When Did "Bombay" Become "Mumbai?"

Thu May 23, 2002 12:41 am

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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