On Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet adopted a proposal triggering blended feelings among the general population. The state cabinet chose to rename the historic city of Allahabad to Prayagraj.
The CM of UP Yogi Adityanath who last week said that the government would consider a different name for Allahabad, had recently participated in the Margdarshak Mandal meeting for Kumbh where he received this proposal from the viewers. “Prayag means a confluence of two rivers. Here, we have a confluence of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Therefore, it should be named Prayagraj.
After making the decision to change the name of the city to Prayag, the UP government has further accepted the conventional name that is used interchangeably with the present one. The fact that the city resonates the name of Prayag despite being renamed for more than four centuries goes on to show the will of the people to guide such a change.
The name Prayag or Prayagraj has remained in the common psyche of the people, even when it was erased legally, a few centuries ago. This is evident in the fact that Allahabad had a railway station named ‘Prayag’. The very famous and iconic train connecting the city to the National Capital is named ‘Prayagraj Express’.
We cannot totally regard the action of the Uttar Pradesh government as being driven by Hindutva or anything else. It is merely a formal acknowledgement of an existing reality?
While some were happy that the identity of the city was revived with the new name, others were not really happy and felt it as the tongue twister. Let’s see what Twitterati has to say about Prayagraj.
I welcome this decision. #Allahabad to be #Prayagraj soon. Prayagraj is the ancient name of Allahabad and it was changed in 1575. So it’s a restoration and not a rename. #Prayagraj is also known as Triveni Sangam or Sangam Nagari because of the confluence of 3 rivers.
— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) October 15, 2018
— East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) October 17, 2018
— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) October 16, 2018
My account is in Allahabad bank…
Sorry Yogiji….. I mean PrayagRaj bank mein hai.😐😐
— deepak (@drdeepak1382) October 16, 2018
— varun khullar (@kaminabachha) October 18, 2018
— Gayatri Kapoor (@GayatriKapoor91) October 18, 2018
Changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj could may be the only achievement of Yogi Adityanath.
— Uzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) October 16, 2018
Dear BJP, #EmperorAkbar was a great ruler (fact, not opinion)with extraordinary influence on our culture. #MJAkbar is an alleged sexual predator with 97 lawyers against one strong woman. If you’re going to correct an Akbar’s legacy, let it be the WRONG one! #Prayagraj #Allahabad
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 16, 2018
What is next? Demolished Taj Mahal?
— GURUMAYUM BIDYASAGAR (@Guru_Bidya) October 18, 2018
— 📿haRसी_Ashu🇮🇳 (@ashunagia) October 17, 2018
— AMIT JAISWAL🗣 (@iamamitjaiswal) October 16, 2018
Modi Ji : Rupee is falling continuously, what should we do to fix it?
Yogi : Rupee Ka naam badal kar Kuwaiti Dinar rakh do#Prayagraj
— Siona Gogoi (@AtomicBlow) October 15, 2018