Wednesday, May 14, 2008
No Bombay call it Mumbai.
Many would say what's in a name? But ask anyone who has grown up in Mumbai and they will possibly say Mumbai doesn't sit well on the tongue.Bombay is the city they know. But now it seems that Sena is not having any debate over Mumbai or Bombay. It says Mumbai it is.After a long lull, the Sena is back to what according to many it does best - change names.And its present target is its oldest.The Sena has demanded that all remnants of old Bombay be wiped off from schools, institutions and companies.Even the Bombay Scottish school, where Udhav Thackeray's younger son Tejas still studies, was not spared.The school sign was wiped off and the Sena version was stamped over it. Next stop, the barometer of the markets the Bombay Stock Exchange.''These people are sycophants of the British and the East India Company,'' says Abhijeet Phanse of Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena.And then, arguably one of the city's best known brand recall Bombay Dyeing, whose mills gave thousands of jobs, mostly to Marathi mill workers, was attacked.And the government, as usual, is walking the middle path.''We will take a legal opinion whether or not brand names and names of institutions need to be changed,'' says R R Patil, Deputy CM, Maharashtra.Mumbai is the name of this city. But some of its ageless signposts had so far retained their names and their glory.But if the Sena has its way, the city's symbols will have to be painfully rechristened