Ayodhya is our ‘Aan, baan aur Shaan’: Yogi Adityanath renames Faizabad

Yet another public space renamed, is this a game changing strategy by the BJP government to win 2019 elections?

“Deepotsav is all about starting a new tradition,” said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as he addressed the roaring crowd in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, about renaming the Faizabad district into Lord Ram’s Ayodhya.

Only after three weeks of rechristening of Allahabad to Prayagraj, which raised a number of controversies, Yogi decided to make this move as a Diwali gift, a compensation for the delay in the construction of Ram mandir. Not only that, he also announced setting up of a new airport named after Lord Ram and a medical college after his father, King Dashrath.

On the occassion of Deepavali, which is celebrated as a mark of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan and ending his exile, a special event was held at Katha Park, attended by Yogi Adityanath as well as South Korean First Lady, Kim Jung-sook. In the event, Yogi talked about the developments that his government is committed to make in the future. He mentioned, “Ayodhya is a symbol of our ‘aan, baan aur shaan’ (honour, pride and prestige),” and added, “Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya.”

The Ayodhya issue has been an ever-rising fervour and the continuous renaming of cities is seen as a political agenda of saffronisation of the critical state of Uttar Pradesh. Hours after the news of rechristening Faizabad, the Gujarat government also showed keenness on renaming Ahmedabad to Karnavati. Supporters of the renaming see it as a valid change against the invaders of India, however, while others consider it an attempt at erasing India’s Muslim Heritage by raising the Hindutva slogan.

By Sharmita Kar