The state assembly of West Bengal unanimously passed a resolution on July 26, 2018 to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ in all three languages – Bengali, Hindi and English.
The name change will only become official when the resolution gets the approval from the Union Home Ministry.
• The move comes almost two years after the West Bengal assembly first passed a resolution to change the name of the State.
• The state government had earlier submitted a proposal to the Centre to change the name of West Bengal to ‘Bengal’ in English and ‘Bangla’ in Bengali.
• The proposal had been turned down and had led to months of back-and-forth between the state and Centre.
• The state government, led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, then decided to send another proposal of changing the name to Bangla in all three languages – Bengali, Hindi and English.
Why does the state want to change its name?
The main reason for changing the name of West Bengal is that whenever there is a meeting of all the states, West Bengal figures at the bottom of the list, as it is prepared according to the alphabetical order.
On August 29, 2016, the West Bengal Assembly had passed a resolution changing the name of West Bengal to Bengal in English, Bangla in Bengali and Bangal in Hindi.
The state government had decided to rename the state as ‘Bengal’ after its earlier proposal of rechristening it as ‘Paschim Bango’, made in 2011 when the Trinamool Congress took office, failed to get the Centre’s approval.
Hence, the current decision is the culmination of efforts since 2011, when Mamata Banerjee took the office of chief minister of the state.
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