“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
In recent times, we came across various changes made by our current government, some positive, some negative and some completely absurd like the one which I am going to talk about. A government is primarily elected so as to solve its citizens problems, uplift the country and bring about a positive change in the society. However, our current government thought that they could achieve the above by changing the names of the places that, since independence, were called something else.
The latest example of this loony act is renaming of an approximately 100 years-old railway station located in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Yes I am talking about the Mughalsarai Jn being named Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction. How will this decision help anyone in improving their life even for a single day?
Will this change in the name ensure that trains will be on time?
Stations will be properly cleaned?
Then Why Is This Done?
And this is not the only time when our leaders (so-called) have taken such quality decisions. The national capital ‘Delhi’ has also been a victim of this when a place in Delhi called “Akbar Road” named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar got its name changed to Maharana Pratap Road.
Anyone who would hear the new names of the places would have a little doubt in their minds whether these decisions targeted toward deteriorating a particular community? And that’s where these politicians succeed in playing their nasty and cheap political games creating unrest between communities who are otherwise in complete harmony with each other.
In my view, the reason for this is to attract a particular community and then to use them for increasing their vote bank. However, such cheap tricks lead to disturb the very foundation of a secular society wherein every religion is said to be treated as equal in every aspect. And when such decisions are enforced on the citizens it leads to growth of communal-tensions between them which in-turn leads to mass killings as witnessed in 2002 Gujarat Riots.
The only solution for us citizens to not get affected by such political drama is by getting educated which would help us to see the things with a better perspective and not just getting influenced with whatever is told to us by someone in power. Also I think the Supreme Court should intervene in such cases and not let political parties to take such steps which clearly could create any sort of unrest in the minds of the citizens. And last but not the least the government should realize its role and duties, and instead of resorting to vote bank politics, should do some real-work, improve the standard of living of the citizens and raise issues that would actually create a change rather than just beating around the bush.