Watch: Here’s why West Bengal shouldn’t be called West Bengal
First things first, this one is for a few like me who aren’t really enlightened about the Indian history, or they simply flunked history during school. Either ways, we need to put our attention to what Diptarka Ghosh and Aniket Dasgupta from YouTube channel The Bong Guide To The Galaxy are trying to explain: why West Bengal shouldn’t be called West Bengal.
The video description reads:
The name West Bengal is a remnant of our colonial past. West Bengal got it’s name when Lord Curzon divided the erstwhile province of Bengal to East Bengal and West Bengal in 1905 based on religion.
It has been 110 years since then. The region was reunified and partitioned again during Indian independence, heck East Bengal became East Pakistan and then went on to become independent Bangladesh yet the name ‘West Bengal has stuck for whatever reason.
You may ask, what’s in a name?
Well, the name reminds numerous families of the dark past where their ancestors were directly and indirectly affected during the partition in 1905 and 1947.
Secondly, being in the eastern part of India, the name West Bengal doesn’t make much sense. Geographically speaking.
So let’s petition to make a welcome change to the map that is India.
You can sign for the petition here.