[Talk-in] Use of official names for cities

Kiran Jonnalagadda jace at pobox.com
Wed Feb 8 06:51:20 GMT 2012

Arun, by that logic Belgaum is part of Maharashtra. The mayor declared it, and the mayor's office is more local than the state government. (The state government responded by holding assembly in the city and announcing plans to construct a parallel to the Vidhana Soudha there.)

FWIW, the state government that proposed renaming Bangalore to Bengaluru was booted out the same month (CM Dharam Singh, Congress) and three successive governments (under Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa and Gowda) have shown no interest in completing the process. I don't see how this reflects a choice of the people.

Bangalore's name change is widely resisted. With the notable exception of the airport, the city remains Bangalore pretty much everywhere. Even Wikipedia still uses Bangalore. Bengaluru can be listed as a candidate, but is not official.

I'm with Ishan on sticking to central government approved names for cities.


Kiran Jonnalagadda

On Tuesday 7 February 2012 at 2:07 PM, Arun Ganesh wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Ishan Chattopadhyaya <ichattopadhyaya at gmail.com (mailto:ichattopadhyaya at gmail.com)> wrote:
> > I feel railway station names are inappropriate representations of city names. Generally, station names are not changed within a city immediately after the city name has been changed. A city may have a station with a different name and that is fine. Similarly, the case with University names. I think users should be encouraged to use official names over regional names. But that's my take on this. Your suggestions on old_name, alt_name tags etc. are welcome, perhaps that would help users tag better. If there's a known inconsistency that has already crept in, I think some of us should fix it based on common consensus.
> If the Government of Karnataka has approved the renaming, it can only be considered the choice of the people of those respective places and must be given due weightage. My suggestions:
> name: Locally used name in english, recognized by the state
> name:en Name approved by the centre
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