The Rajasthan government has changed the name of 8 villages with Muslim names, claiming that they have a majority Hindu population. The ‘Miyan ka Bara’ village in Barmer district was renamed to ‘Mahesh Nagar’. Locals claimed that this would make marriage proposals easier as the old names made it look like they were Muslim-dominated villages.
Notably, the Mughalsarai railway junction was recently renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction, igniting a debate.
Vasundhara Raje’s ‘saffron’ push: Rajasthan govt renames Muslim villages, offers shocking excuses Updated Aug 09, 2018 | 15:57 IST | Times Now Bureau
The name of a village called ‘Miyon ka Bara’ in Rajasthan’s Barmer district has been changed to ‘Mahesh Nagar’. The Vasundhara Raje government has offered shocking excuses to justify the move.
Vasundhara Raje File image |Photo Credit: PTI Jaipur: In a shocking move ahead of the upcoming Assembly Elections, the Union Home Ministry, acting on the proposal of the Rajasthan government led by Vasundhara Raje, has approved the change of the Muslim names of eight villages. For instance, the name of a village called ‘Miyon ka Bara’ in Barmer district has been changed to ‘Mahesh Nagar’. The state government has offered two shocking excuses, justifying the move.One excuse is that the names have been changed because they were inhabited by a majority of Hindus. Another is that renaming the villages would boost matrimonial prospects as the earlier name gave an impression that the village was inhabited by Muslims. Notably, the Mughalsarai railway junction was recently renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction, igniting a debate.
The Rajasthan government had sent a proposal to the Union Home Ministry to change the name of 27 such villages. The Ministry has given its nod to change the name of eight villages as yet. The move is seen as a part of the Raje government to woo voters ahead of the crucial Assembly Elections.