Kerala to become `Keralam`?

Kerala Government would look into demands for changing the official spelling of the state to "Keralam" to make it conform to the way it is pronounced in Malayalam, CM VS Achuthanandan told the state Assembly on Wednesday.

Updated: Jul 14, 2010, 13:08 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government would
look into demands for changing the official spelling of the
state to "Keralam" to make it conform to the way it is
pronounced in Malayalam, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan told
the state Assembly on Wednesday.
He, however, said a decision on the matter would be taken
only after evloving a consensus through discussions with
experts.

Responding to Babu M Palissery (CPI-M), who raised the
issue as a submission, he said there had been demands from
various quarters to change the official spelling of the state
to "Keralam", as it is written and pronounced in Malayalam.
They had reinforced their argument by citing instances like
changing the name of "Bombay" into "Mumbai."
There was a committee headed by the Revenue Minister to
consider the issue of changing the names of places so as to
make them conform to the way they were spelt or pronounced in
Malayalam. The usual practice was that before finalising the
change,it would be discussed with experts and others concerned

In his submission, Palissery pointed out that colonial
spelling of places like "Trichur" had already been changed
to "Thrissur" and "Calicut" to "Kozhikode. So there was no
justification in delaying correcting the official spelling of
the state itself into "Keralam", which means "land of Keras"
(coconut trees).

PTI