What's in a Name?
Changing the names of places to reflect the inclinations of rulers was a game played all through history. The recent spate of renamings, though, raises questions about the desirability of a democratic government making such decisions without involving the citizens.
The British changed names with abandon--- transliterating mispronounced versions of local names (Al-Omani became Old Man's Island) or Anglicising them (Palva Bunder changed to Apollo Bunder). Immediately after the independence, nationalistic feelings supported many changes of name. Some were well thought out. Apollo Street in the Fort was renamed Mumbai Samachar Marg after the famous newspaper whose offices are on this road. A few of the changes did not take. Marine Drive is hardly ever called the Netaji Subhash Bose Road.
The renaming fever hit again in 1995, when the city underwent a change of name. Now political parties are vying with each other to rename streets, localities, railway stations and organisations.
List of places which have been renamed
Old name New name -------- -------- Apollo Street Mumbai Samachar Marg Bellasis Road Jehangir Boman Behram Marg Bombay Mumbai Churchgate Road Veer Nariman Road Flora Fountain Hutatma Chowk Marine Drive Netaji Subhash Bose Road Sydenham Road Mohammed Ali Road Victoria Terminus Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
List of places which might be renamed
Old name New name -------- -------- Marine Lines Sonapur Charni Road Girgaon Grant Road Gavdevi Ulhasnagar Sindhunagar