Looking back at history, the 'changing of names' had been in practice earlier as well. Emperors and rulers used to change the names of states as per their own choices. The practice continues even after Independence.

Here we bring you some instances when the names of major cities were changed:   

Mysore: The city of Tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan; Mysore was renamed as Mysuru on November 1, 1973.

Uttaranchal: The Himalayan state Uttaranchal was renamed as Uttarakhand on January 1, 2007.

Orissa: located on the eastern coastal, Orissa was renamed as Odisha in November 2011.

Cawnpore: Uttar Pradesh's historical city Cawpore was renamed as Kanpur in 1948.

Banaras: The holy city of Uttar Pradesh got its new name Varanasi in 1956.

Calcutta: Calcutta became Kolkata on January 1, 2001.

Madras: Madras was renamed as Chennai in August 1996.

Gauhati: The capital of Assam was renamed as Guwahati in 1983.

East Punjab: After trifurcated into modern day Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab, East Punjab was renamed as Punjab in 1950.  

United Provinces to Uttar Pradesh: United Provinces was renamed as Uttar Pradesh on January 26, 1950.

The Southern state of India, Travancore-Cochin was named Kerala on November 1, 1956.

Madhya Bharat:
Central state of India, Madhya Bharat got its new name as Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 1959.

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