Renaming of cities in India

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Renaming of cities in India

Post by jancancook on Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:08 am

The degree to which these name changes have caught on in popular English use varies. For example, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai have caught on, whereas Bengaluru (Bangalore)[1] and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)[2] have not. In many languages other than English, however, the new names gained limited or no popularity at all; even in the cases of Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, they are still referred to as Madras, Calcutta and Bombay.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Popular culture also has remnants of the old city names in use, years after the changes. Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay Talkies, Bollywood, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for Bombay/Mumbai, Madras Talkies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, University of Madras, Madras High Court for Madras/Chennai and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta for Calcutta/Kolkata are prominent examples.

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