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'Bombay is Mumbai, Madras is Chennai, Calcutta is Kolkata, Cochin is Kochi, Trivandrum is Thiruvananthapuram, Pondicherry is Puducherry, Bangalore is Bengaluru, Orissa is Odisha. Is it essential to change the name now ' Even a child gets confusion while reading GK - Serious ans. pl.

Tags: mumbai, travel, chennai
Asked by Gauthami, 07 Jan '10 02:11 pm
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Place names change all the time. New York was New Amsterdam when the Dutch ran it. Singapore was originally called Temasek. Russian cities keep changing names. The old Leningrads and Stalingrads have now been abolished in favour of the traditional names.

Usually, the new names stick after a while. Who still calls Sri Lanka Ceylon? Unless there is a change of regime, Burma will end up being known as Myanmar forever. Nobody refers to Thailand as Siam any longer.

Much the same is true of Indian names. Forget about the more recent change in the name of Madras city (to Chennai). Lets not forget that the whole state used to be called Madras before it was renamed Tamil Nadu. Karnataka used to be called Mysore. Arunachal Pradesh was known as NEFA. And so on.

So, the desire to change the names of places is not new. And usually, people who use the old names soon seem silly or out of touch. The Iranians used to be annoyed when Winston Churchill insisted on referring to their country as P ...more
Answered by Jack Johnson, 07 Jan '10 02:29 pm

 
  
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Bangaluru
Answered by Vishwanath V, 07 Jan '10 03:02 pm

 
  
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Just like film stars
Answered by mohd basheer, 07 Jan '10 02:40 pm

 
  
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India is politicians paradise...............they changed it for local votes
Answered by sreekumar, 07 Jan '10 02:21 pm

 
  
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This is how our politicians serve us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This cost them nothing, but our offer is on the persistent erosion to cope-up with the new names.
Answered by Siachen, 07 Jan '10 02:21 pm

 
  
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This is one of the many ways of trumping up phony nationalism. Govt executes phony nationalism to hide the fact that we are aggressively trying hard to become America's chamchas in real issues such as dependency.
Answered by A Moin, 07 Jan '10 02:20 pm

 
  
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Now GK (general knowledge) is also changed as GK (generation knowledge ). :)))))))
Answered by chitrasahgal, 07 Jan '10 02:20 pm

 
  
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These specail things should be specially taught! (you are correct!)
Answered by roopa, 07 Jan '10 05:29 pm

 
  
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Its just a pass time for govt to run away from critical issues. also suprime court never issues any kind of notice to those who bring this issue up. I dont think with such leaders and judges we are gonna progress
Answered by madhavi, 07 Jan '10 02:13 pm

 
  
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It seems somne people have nothing more serious to do and just want to stay in the limelight .Thus they move all irrelevant proposals like this , which the govt. also accepts and implements , without thinking of the repurcussions.
Answered by HEMANT MEHTA, 07 Jan '10 02:13 pm

 
  
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