“Shah is a Farsi name,” historian Irfan Habib takes a dig at Amit Shah

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Names like Munsi, Majumdar and Shah also have Islamic origins

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After the BJP’s recent name changing spree, the historians and politicians from the opposition parties have taken a dig at the BJP national president Amit Shah. Even some of the BJP allies have positioned themselves against the BJP.

“They (the BJP) have a national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Uttar Pradesh minister Mohsin Raza. They should change their names first,” said minister Om Prakash Rajbhar – the chief of SBSP. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has changed the names of Allahabad, Faizabad and Mughalsarai over the last weeks.

Today, historian Irfan Habib said names like Munsi, Majumdar and Shah also have Islamic origins. Asked about the name of BJP chief Amit Shah the 87-year-old historian said, “Shah is a Farsi word, not Sanskrit. If they have to change names, they should change their own names first, and then change the names of cities.” Mr Shah had called for the renaming of Mughalsarai station, a proposal that caused a row in parliament.

There have been calls lately to change the name of Agra to Agravan or Agrawal.  Sangeet Som, the BJP lawmaker accused in the Muzaffarnagar violence, wants the name of Muzaffarnagar to be changed to Laxmi Nagar.

“You cannot jump from ancient to modern (age) and that too contemporary — 2014 onwards,” said Heramb Chaturvedi

The name of Faizabad was changed to Ayodhya last week. Allahabad has been renamed Prayagraj and Mughalsarai Railway Station has been named after BJP icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said the name of Ahmedabad will be soon changed to Karnavati.

Yogi Adityanath is yet to respond to Rajbhar’s remarks. He has said he did “what felt right” and promised to “keep it up.”

The renaming spree began with Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. The logic was to revert to what the state governments of the day said was the pre-British heritage. And it continues with changing the names of roads in Delhi after Mughal emperors and the recent name changes.

In 2015, Aurangzeb Road was named after former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The same year, Union Minister VK Singh suggested that Akbar Road or any other road in Lutyen’s Delhi be named after Maharana Pratap.

Then Union Minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu had said the government was “not involved” in such proposals.

“You cannot jump from ancient to modern (age) and that too contemporary — 2014 onwards,” said Heramb Chaturvedi, professor of medieval and modern history at the Allahabad University.

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