... Uttar Pradesh

by Subhro Bandapodhyay

Above (Issue I/2019)


In August 2018, the fourth largest railway junction in India, Mughalsarai, was renamed after the politician Pandit Din Dayal Upadhyay, who was a pioneer of the Hindu nationalist BJP. The name of the city of Allahabad was also changed. The area in which the city is located is of great symbolic value for religious people, as it is where the holy river Ganges and its tributary Yamuna converge. In the 16th century the Muslim Grand Mugul Akbar I founded the city of Allahabad (“seat of Allah”) there. The government of Uttar Pradesh changed the city's name to Prayagraj (“place of sacrifice”). This was the name of an old village next to Allahabad, which today has become a part of it. The Hindu BJP wants to change the iconography of India with the new names and above all hide the role of Muslims in the nation's history. Prime Minister Modi, who had started with a reputation as a “Game Changer” and wanted to spark a rethink, is now mocked as “Name Changer”, who tries with the renaming to distract from the weakening value of the rupee, missing investments and rising poverty.

Translated from Spanish by Timo Berger



similar articles

Someone else's paradise (I think that ...)

... we need to finally pay attention to the Artic

commented by Paul Gilroy

The arctic is the most important place on earth at the moment.

more


Earth, how are you doing? (I think that ...)

... we should expose International Law as Colonial

by Antony Anghie

“If you believe lawyers and jurists who work in international law, the world has become an increasingly fair place over the last few centuries. […] But international law also has an often overlooked flipside which is dark, violent and misanthropic and hails from its history.”

more


Guilt (Topic: Guilt)

Looking history in the eye

by Hamady Bocoum

The encounter between Europe and Africa at the start of the industrial era was marked by violence and a negation of The Other. The extent and the sweeping consequences of this are yet to be explored.

more


Guilt (Topic: Guilt)

“Lacking access to our own culture”

an interview with Chelsea Winstanley

How a filmmaker seeks to give the Maori a voice.

more


Guilt (Topic: Guilt)

“A black woman as Jesus”

in conversation with Kudzanai Chiurai

How artists are shaking up our understanding of history. 

more


Earth, how are you doing? (Survey)

73% of Indians Trust Narendra Modi*

commented by Shirin Rai

Worldwide there is hardly a head of state who enjoys the lofty approval ratings of acting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But this is hardly a reason to celebrate.

more