Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Sick of coming last, India's state of West Bengal could soon change name to 'Bongo'

The Indian state of West Bengal could soon be known as “Bongo”, following a decision by its cabinet on Tuesday.

Officials there have voiced frustrations at West Bengal being placed last alphabetically in India’s inter-state parliamentary discussions, by which time many legislators have left or lost interest, and also say the name is a relic of India’s British colonial legacy.

“Cabinet decided to change the name of West Bengal, it will be either Bangla or Bongo. In English it will be Bengal,” said Partha Chatterjee, a state minister, following the cabinet meeting.

It comes after Mamata Banerjee, the state’s chief minister, complained last month that West Bengal representatives “get to speak only at the fag end of any function when most of the audience has left”.

“Our madam [Banerjee] is doing so much homework to present the case of West Bengal, but who is there to hear her?” a bureaucrat told India Today. Full story...

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