In Uttar Pradesh right now we are talking about why the government of the Indian People's Party (BJP) is giving new names to big stations and cities.
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
It is not the nuclear power plant on the outskirts of Doel that is the biggest threat to the small town, but the nearby port of Antwerp. more
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
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
How a filmmaker seeks to give the Maori a voice. more
In an interview, art historian Bénédicte Savoy and economist Felwine Sarr explain why European museums should return African art treasures. more
“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