• Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Hyderabad or Bhagyanagar? UP CM pledges to rename the historic city

  • Published at 08:06 pm December 13th, 2020
Yogi Adityanath
File photo: Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, addresses the audience after inaugurating power projects in Allahabad, India, June 4, 2017 Reuters

Only if Hyderabad becomes ‘Bhagyanagar’ can the city be on the road to ‘vikas’ (development), Adityanath said

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) radical Hindu nationalist leader, wants to change the name of the historic city of Hyderabad this time.

“Only if Hyderabad becomes ‘Bhagyanagar’ can the city be on the road to ‘vikas’ (development),” Adityanath said, while addressing a public meeting in the capital of southern Telangana state on November 29.

Adityanath’s visit came three days ahead of the city’s municipal elections.

Speaking at the Old City area after a two-hour-long roadshow, the UP chief minister declared that if the BJP was elected to power, it would change the name of the city to Bhagyanagar.

“People often ask me if Hyderabad can be renamed Bhagyanagar. I tell them why not. Then, they ask me how.”

However, BJP has lost to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the election.

Though, marking a stunning performance in the elections, the BJP emerged as the second-largest party, dislodging the TRS from half the seats it had held.

While the BJP tally went up from four in 2016 to 48, the TRS numbers went down from 99 to 55.

The municipal election this year has suddenly become about polarizing identities.

The BJP flew in its top campaigners to namecheck all the preoccupations of the Hindu Right: Pakistan, Kashmir, surgical strikes, the Mughals, biryani, Ayodhya, Rohingya refugees.

Home Minister Amit Shah vowed to erase the city’s “Nizami culture” and turn it into a “Mini Bharat.”

Shah kicked off his campaign with a visit to the disputed temple nestled against the walls of the Charminar, the monument that has come to symbolize the city.

It is not that polarization is new to Hyderabad. The city has a history of battles, riots and bomb blasts that have often divided communities who live in it.

Paranoia about Rohingyas refugees in the Old City has been fanned for years. Communal rhetoric is routinely dredged up in state and general elections.

But governments in charge of the city also managed to move past these conflicts to script a different story: Hyderabad as a software and education hub, Hyderabad as a modern, progressive city.

The Nizami culture that the BJP seeks to destroy was considered the heritage of all its residents, Hindu or Muslim.

It is another matter that Hyderabad’s growth story has lost some of its sheen in recent years.

Observers suggest that the average Hyderabadi worries most about bad roads, poor sanitation, healthcare and education.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail