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As Mughalsarai Jn Is Renamed, A Look At Cities That Have Changed Their Names

As Mughalsarai Jn Is Renamed, A Look At Cities That Have Changed Their Names
Mughalsarai junction. (Source – Twitter account of All India Radio News)

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As Mughalsarai Jn Is Renamed, A Look At Cities That Have Changed Their Names

While the list has several cities, it also includes a state and a Union Territory.

So, Mughalsarai has joined the list of cities that have changed their names. The busy railway junction will now be known as Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik issued an order on the new name on Monday after the Centre accepted the state government’s proposal to rename Mughalsarai. The new name is in honour of well-known Bharatiya Jan Sangh (predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party) leader Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayaya who was found dead under suspicious circumstances at the Mughalsarai railway junction in February 1968.

Here Are Some Examples Of Cities That Have Changed Their Names

  • The last major city to see a change in name was Gurgaon in Haryana. In 2016, it was renamed to what is believed to be the original Gurugram in honour of the legendary Guru Dronacharya who is said to have taught his students here.
  • One of the first state capital cities that changed their names was Trivandrum (Kerala). In 1991, it was renamed to Thiruvananthapuram, or the city of Lord Anantha, as it was known before the arrival of Vasco da Gama on India’s western coast.
  • Known as Bombay since the days of British rule, the capital of Maharashtra was renamed Mumbai in 1996. The name is derived from the city’s patron Goddess, Mumba Devi, and aai,meaning mother in Marathi. The name Bombay itself was said to be an anglicised version of the earlier Portuguese name Bombaim.
  • In 1996, the name of Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu, was changed to Chennai, its original name before the advent of the British East India Company.
  • Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal got its Bengali name, Kolkata, in 2001. The name that it was known by before the arrival of the British East India Company is believed to be derived from Kolikata, one of the villages that stood here years earlier.
  • Karnataka has several cities that have changed their names. State capital Bangalore became Bengaluru in 2014; Mysore became Mysuru; the earlier Mangalore was changed to Mangaluru, its original Kannada name, and the mining belt of Bellary became Ballari.
  • Other cities that have changed their names over the years include Varanasi (earlier Benares) in Uttar Pradesh; Shimla (Simla) in Himachal Pradesh; Guwahati (Gauhati) in Assam; Vadodara (Baroda) in Gujarat; Kochi (Cochin) in Kerala; Vishakhapatnam (Waltair) in Andhra Pradesh, and Pune (Poona) in Maharashtra.
  •  There is also an instance of state changing its name. Orissa was renamed as Odisha and the language Oriya came to be referred to as Odia in 2011.
  • An example of a Union Territory reverting to its original name is that of Puducherry. Known as Pondicherry when it was under Portuguese and Frenchrule, it was renamed in 2006.
  • There have been instances of roads and localities within a city being renamed as well. The most well-known, and controversial, is New Delhi’s central business district Connaught Place. It was renamed as Rajiv Chowk and Indira Chowk (Inner Circle and Outer Circle respectively) after Congress leaders and former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi in the mid-90s. It’s a different matter that people continued to refer to it by its original name.

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