New Delhi: Shakespeare may have said what`s
in the name but for the Home Ministry it is a matter of
sentiments of millions as it had approved renaming of 25 towns
across the country during the last decade.
In Kerala, the highest number of 17 towns were renamed,
followed by Punjab, where the Centre approved the change of
names in four towns, besides two in Odisha on Sunday.
Though the Home Ministry approved the change of names in
two towns in Madhya Pradesh, it rejected the proposal of
renaming capital Bhopal as Bhojpal.
Punjab`s Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar is now known as
Ajitgarh while Sunam town is Sunam Udham Singh Wala. The name
of Nawanshahar has been changed to Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar
and Muktsar town is now known as Sri Muktsar Sahib.
Phulbani in Odisha is now called Baudh Kaudhamal while
the name of Sonapur has been changed to Subarnapur.
The rechristened towns in Kerala are Thrissur (from
Trichur), Kollam (Quilon), Alappuzha (Alleppey), Palakkad
(Palghat), Kannur (Connanore), Thalassery (Tellicherry),
Vadakara (Badagare), Paravur (Parur) and Aluva (Alwaye).
The other name changed towns in Kerala are Devi Kulam
(from Devi Colam), Kochi (Cochin), Changanassery
(Changanachery ), Chirayinkeezhu (Chirayinkil), Kodungallur
(Cranagnore), Mannarkad (Mannarghat), Mananthavady
(Mannantoddy) and Sulthan Bathery (Sultan`s Battery).
Names of two Madhya Pradesh towns -- Gotegaon and Mhow --
have been changed to Sridham and Ambedkar Nagar respectively.