15 May, 2016
Ahmedabad might soon be known as Karnavati, Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar and Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar, if the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has its way. The Sangh that was crucial in pushing through Gurgaon’s name change to Gurugram last month is now preparing for more such “reversals” to highlight Indian culture and cleanse foreign influence. Critics say the name changes are an attempt to rewrite India’s history and extend the Sangh’s cultural influence. The RSS has made such attempts in the past but its clout in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – that rules Gujarat and Maharashtra among other states – strengthens the possibility of such changes being accepted by governments.