New Delhi: Part of the reason for public consternation in Delhi lately has been about the controversial renaming of the thriving industrial hub Gurgaon to Gurugram. But this name-changing trend is not looking to dissipate very soon. Politicians are now pushing for a new name for the capital of Himachal Pradesh which, if changed, could be renamed as ‘Shyamala’. 
Shimla, a reverred tourist destination in northern India, serves as the centre of all cultural and commercial ventures of Himachal Pradesh. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has now demanded the state capital be renamed as Shyamala. Citing the religious significance of the goddess Shyamala Devi who was believed to be a reincarnated Kali, the VHP is one among many who propose changes in names of Indian cities to obliterate the remains of the British Raj. 
A large number of people, in and out of social media, have criticised this move by the government as it signifies for them a regrettable turnback towards an ancient India. Some even deemed this move as ‘saffronisation’ of modern India. 
However, Manoj Kumar, Organising Secretary of the VHP, retorted to criticisms by saying that changing names of places is not a new phenomenon. The BJP member said that secularists in the country are trying to defame his party. 
If the VHP’s demand is approved by the governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Dev Vrat, then aside from naming Shimla to Shyamala, a lot of other Indian cities could fall under the same ambit. 

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