West Bengal may move upwards, only alphabeticallyWe are moving up alphabetically, if the proposal is accepted by the central government. On Thursday, the West Bengal state assembly passed the resolution to rename the state as 'Bangla'. Proposals to change the name of the state started during 1999, but all of them were rejected by the centre. In 2016, three names, one in Bengali, one in Hindi and another in English were proposed, but were returned because there cannot be three names of a State and also the name 'Bangla' is similar to the name of our neighboring country Bangladesh. This time also the same name, which was earlier proposed as a name in Bengali, was given. It is to be seen what the centre does now.
When the TMC government came to power, it sent the proposal to rename the state on a ground that is unheard of in name change proposals. They said, since West Bengal figures at the bottom of the list of states in alphabetical order, all the other states get a larger share of developmental funds and our state which is at the bottom gets the remaining paltry amount. Hope with this name change proposal, if accepted, we will not lag far behind other states in terms of development.