Ahead of the Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved a proposal to rename the city of Allahabad. It will now be called Prayagraj. They’re claiming to give back the city its 500-year-old original name.The word Prayag refers to the confluence of two or more rivers. The new name represents the confluence of different forms of the Ganga. To understand the name change better, there are 14 Prayags in the country, out of which Allahabad is the most supreme thus being termed as Prayagraj. Also Read - Women Free to Live Wherever, With Whoever They Want: Delhi HC Quashes 'Love Jihad' Case
The decision has been taken by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who had announced earlier this month that a name change for the city of Allahabad was on the cards. He’d said that the name “Allahabad” reinstated the fact that it is “Akbar ki nishani”. That led to the state minister Siddharth Nath Singh announcing on October 16 that the government has approved of the change and that key departments across the state, such as the Railways will be asked to change the name of the station on platforms and tickets. Also Read - Love Jihad Will Not Be Allowed In Madhya Pradesh At Any Cost, Says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | WATCH
The move has been widely criticised by the Opposition, stating that the name change diminishes the historical importance of Allahabad. However, this isn’t the first time the Uttar Pradesh government is dealing with a situation such as this. Last year, Mughalsarai in Chandauli district was renamed Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar. The town’s station was rechristened in August this year and inaugurated by BJP man Amit Shah. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Clears Ordinance Against 'Love jihad', to Check Forced Religious Conversion
During the course of his tenure, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has renamed Ali Nagar to Arya Nagar, Urdu Bazar to Hindi Bazaar, Mian Bazaar to Maya Bazar,and Humayun Nagar to Hanuman Nagar in Gorakhpur. The name change would not be limited to just the city; soon Allahabad University and Allahabad High Court too, are also likely to see the name change as Prayagraj, along with many other institutions.