When did Bombay become Mumbai?I can't stand religious nationalism of any stripe - and the silly name changing that goes with it.
Officially, in 1995. That year, the right-wing Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena won elections in the state of Maharashtra and presided over a coalition that took control of the state assembly. After the election, the party announced that the port city had been renamed after the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi, the city's patron deity. Federal agencies, local businesses, and newspapers were ordered to adopt the change
Let Munchen be Munich. Let Koln be Cologne. Let Aachen be Aken ... or Aix en Chapelle ... or whatever. Anyway, I have been too nice to the Indians for Skippy's taste lately anyway.