Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan, the state government has changed the Islamic-based names of three villages. These villages are dominated by Hindus, so the state government had sent a proposal to the union ministry of home affairs requesting that these villages be renamed.
As a result, ‘Miyan Ka Bara’ in Barmer district of Rajasthan has now been renamed as ‘Mahesh Nagar’. Jhunjhunu district’s ‘Ismailpur’ village will be known as ‘Pinchanwa Khurd’ and Jalore’s ‘Narpada’ village will be called ‘Narpura’ village. The proposals regarding renaming nearly six other villages are currently under consideration.
The ministry of home affairs gave its node to the state government’s proposal of renaming these villages after receiving no objection from the ministry of railways, department of posts and the survey of India.
The proposal to change the name of ‘Miyan Ka Bara’ was sent to the state government by the local panchayat in 2010, said Hanwant Singh, former sarpanch of the Barmer district village.
The renamed village of Barmer has a population of nearly 2000 people and a majority of them are Hindus. According to villagers, Miyan Ka Bara was originally named as Mahesh (Lord Shiva) Ro Bado in the pre-independence era. The villagers were facing several problems in matrimonial affairs and claim that they had been trying to get the village renamed for decades
Uttar Pradesh’s railway station, Mughalsarai, was recently renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction.
First published: August 10, 2018