Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

AMU declares entrance test dates for its UPSC coaching centre

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Regional

Bhojpal, not Bhopal? Chouhan sparks debate

Tuesday March 01, 2011 05:30:24 PM, Shahnawaz Akhtar, IANS

Related Articles

Sena ruled civic body passes bill to rename Aurangabad

Miffed over removal of the statue of Shivaji Maharaj's tutor Dadoji Konddev from the historic Lal Mahal in Pune, the Shiv Sena-BJP combine January 4 ensured passage of a resolution in the Aurangabad civic body to rename the historic city as   »

Bhopal: Bhopal would be renamed Bhojpal, if Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had his way. He expressed the wish at a function to mark 1,000 years of erstwhile king Raja Bhoj's coronation - an idea that hasn't found favour with some.

"If the name of Bangalore could be changed to Bengaluru, Bombay to Mumbai and Calcutta to Kolkata, why can we not change Bhopal to Bhojpal?" he asked at Lal Parade Ground during the grand function Monday.

"We are recommending it to the centre which would finally decide on it."

The Chouhan government has renamed Bada Talab, also known as Upper Lake, Bhojtal and VIP Road as Raja Bhoj Road.

In the lavish ceremony thrown to mark 1,000 years of Raja Bhoj's coronation, besides establishing the statue at Upper Lake, a laser show was held to show the life and works of Raja Bhoj to the people.

Bollywood veteran Kabir Bedi anchored the programme while singer Sukhvinder Singh and percussionist Sivamani performed on the occasion. It was also celebrated with massive fireworks on the ground.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari and former president M. Venkaiah Naidu also participated in the functions held Monday morning and late evening.

The issue of renaming the state capital has been around since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in Madhya Pradesh.

In 2006, then chief minister Uma Bharti tried to rename Bhopal. Now Chouhan has taken it up.

It is believed that Bhopal derives its name from Raja Bhoj.

The Congress, however, is opposed to the idea and has written to the central government against it.

Party legislator Arif Masaud said: "For thousands of years, Bhopal has been a symbol of Ganga-Jamuna culture. This is an attempt to disturb communal harmony."

Rajendra Kothari, director of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told IANS: "It is a way to divert the attention of people from issues of progress. The next seven years, the government will spend time saying our name is not so and so. By changing the name, what will change economically for people? What is the net advantage?"

Even locals say it is a ‘senseless' proposal.

"Please Mr. Chouhan, our city has a very beautiful name and so many people identify themselves as Bhopalis. Please do not take that away from us," requests Vatsal, a local resident.






  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Budget promises more money for all - farmers to corporates

Promising more money in the hands of households by hiking the income tax exemption limit and lowering tax surcharge for corporates, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday presented the general budget for the next fiscal with a   »

Highlights of Pranab Mukherjee's budget for 2011-12

Finance Minister outlines measures to 'improve governance'

Complete text of the budget speech


Picture of the Day

The players from both teams shake hands as the match ends a tie during the 2011 ICC World Cup Group B match between India and England at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Bangalore, India.

(Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images)


  Most Read

ICSE like board for Indian Madrasas… Inamadar’s mantra for their reform

Giving an interesting twist to the debate on Madrasa reforms and modernisation, renowned educationalist and Chairman of    »

Madrasa Reforms: A call for change

Budget allocation for Minority Affairs raised to 2600 crore

Laying stress on the development of the minorities in India, the government Monday proposed to increase the   »

Budget 2011: Education gets 24% hike; AMU, Azad foundation get funds

Pranab's budget has Rs.8,000 crore for Kashmir's development


  News Pick

Rahman loses Oscar for '127 Hours' original score

Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman lost the Oscar for best original score to composer duo Trent Rezmor and Atticus Ross who won it for "The Social Network" at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards here. Rahman is also   »

Iran opposition vows protests until leaders are freed

The Iranian opposition said Monday that its protests would continue until the release of two of its main leaders, according to messages on its websites. The protests were aimed at securing the release from custody of Mir   »

Libyan opposition forms own government

The opposition, struggling to oust embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has announced it has formed a national council in an effort to free the country of the dictator's rule. "The main aim of the national council is to have   »

Rail blockade may disrupt train movement in Telangana

Train traffic between Hyderabad and other parts of India is likely to be thrown out gear Tuesday with groups demanding separate statehood to Telangana calling for a 'rail roko', or rail blockade, across the region. The Telangana Joint    »

Families refuse bodies of women As in life, so in death. Nine days after two women committed suicide in West Bengal following the society's refusal to accept their love for each other, their bodies are still lying unclaimed in a hospital morgue with their families reluctant to cremate them   »



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes











Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.