Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Let's call Bombay, Bombay‏

Not because of this guy or this guy ... but because it is consistent with Phibian's world view. Do you need another reason?
When did Bombay become Mumbai?

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
I can't stand religious nationalism of any stripe - and the silly name changing that goes with it.

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.

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