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Few pleased as Mamata's govt. decides to rechristen West Bengal
West Bengal government decided yesterday to rechristen the state. It has picked 'Paschimbanga' as the new name for the state. However, only a few are pleased with the government's decision.

GENERALLY, IT’S the opposition that opposes government’s proposals, but this time it’s the public that has expressed resentment over its state rechristening plan. The West Bengal government, with full support from the opposition, decided on Friday to rechristen the state as ‘Paschimbanga’, but the move does not seem to have gone well with the public. While a few have welcomed the plan, most of the people see it as a futile effort.

Sahitya Akademi Award winning author Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay said that there was no change in the name as such. All that the government did was translated the name of the state into Bengali. Mukhopadhyay also did not approve the use of word ‘Paschim’ in the new name. According to the author, Banga and Bangabhoomi were better options.

Theatre personality Bhibhas Chakraborty echoed same sentiments. He said that he couldn’t figure out the so called change in the name. Chakraborty too had reservations about the use of word ‘Paschim’ in the new name.

On the other hand, legendary magician PC Sircar Jr welcomed the new name saying that it honours Bengali sentiments. The new name will remind the coming generation about the painful history of division of Bengal, it will help them grow strong, he added.

Renowned film actor Kaushik Sen said that the change in name would make no difference to common people, who are more concerned about earning a living. The actor also criticised the government for focussing on such petty issues when unemployment and illiteracy should have been their main concern.


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