Tamil Names

Tamil Nadu government has ordered name changes of 1,018 places. Most of them are adding a, i, k, th to existing names or substituing u with oo. Change of names continues in India ever since Independence. Change of names was mainly of British Era names. Now names prior to British Era like that of Allahabad and Mughalsarai are also changed.
English does not have some sounds which are in Indian Languages. Changing Bangalore, Mangalore and Belgaum to Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Belagavi was not of much use because l in new names does not represent the Kannada sound. Also instead of luru it should have been looru.
Those who want name changes disagree with William Shakespeare who wrote “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet).
Some years back, that is August 2009, M. K. Azhagiri changed his name to M. K. Alagiri because zh does not represent the Tamil sound and non-Tamilians are unaware of it. Now Egmore has become Ezhumboor. It will be pronounced differently by Tamilians and non-Tamilians.
Madras was the name of the state and the capital. State became Tamil Nadu. Capital became Chennai. Some say Chennai is Telugu, Madraspatnam is Tamil.
Now nothing official about Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Mylapore, Triplicane, Vellore and so on. States have changed many place names at a time. Changing 1,018 place names at a time is unknown.
Some wanted Tamil Nadu to be changed to Tamizh Naadu and and removal of Sanskrit names.
Change of name happens all over the world. When countries changed names when they became independent.

Updated: June 12, 2020 — 2:10 pm

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  1. Politicians will be politicians! Deflect attention to non essentials so that real issues will not be discussed…

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