Kolkata: After scripting a historic electoral victory on the plank of ‘change’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now mulling to change the name of the state. And the information trickling out of the Mamata camps suggests, ‘Bangla’ and ‘Bangdesh’ are the two names turning out to be the favourites of the CM.

In Mamata’s opinion, the name should be changed as India has only one Bengal; hence there is no rationale in terming it ‘West’ Bengal.

However, the state government’s idea has already divided the intelligentsia in the state. 

The Leftists in the state have aired their views regarding any such move stating that West Bengal is not a bad name. There is a historical fact behind it.

A senior writer Sunil Gangopadhyay finds no rationale in changing the name. He said every state has its own identity, which needs to be maintained.

However, the people from another school of thought are favouring Mamata’s idea. Well known painter Jogen Chowdhury said, “The new government will moot the step only after reviewing it in detail. Hence, any protest to such a decision is not fair.”

Chowdhary added that when India has only one Bengal, then it will be better to separate ‘west’ from Bengal to give it a unified identity.

Giving the examples of several states, Painter Samir Aich highlighted similar changes. He was referring to Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

(JPN/ Bureau)