Aligarh to be renamed as Harigarh?

Historical significance

Proponents of the name change argue that Harigarh is the city's original name, dating back to the 12th century.

Religious symbolism

Supporters of the name change view it as a way to reflect the city's religious identity and promote Hindu cultural values.

Political agenda

 The proposal to rename Aligarh is part of a broader trend of name changes in India initiated by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Popular support

 The proposal to rename Aligarh has received support from some Hindu residents of the city, who view it as a positive step towards reclaiming their cultural identity.

Government approval

The Aligarh Municipal Corporation and the Aligarh Zila Panchayat have already passed resolutions in favor of renaming the city.

Historical continuity

 Aligarh has been known by its current name for centuries. Opponents of the name change argue that it would disrupt historical continuity and create unnecessary confusion.

Economic impact

 Renaming a city can have significant economic costs, including the need to change official documents, signage, and branding.

Social discord

The proposal to rename Aligarh has been met with opposition from some Muslim residents of the city, who view it as an attempt to marginalize their community. 

Democratic principles

Some people argue that the decision to rename a city should be made through a democratic process involving all residents, not just a select few.

National unity

 Opponents argue that renaming cities based on religious or political affiliations could undermine India's secular fabric and national unity.

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