Now that the Bombay/ Mumbai controversy has returned to the headlines, thanks to the Maharashtra elections, this may be a good time to examine the whole issue of the naming and renaming of places. Read more
Here is a hypothetical question. You are the head of a counter-terrorist force in Bombay. It is 26/11. Terrorists are spreading havoc in the city. You don’t know how many of them there are or what they are planning. But thanks to the sacrifices of a few brave policemen, Ajmal Kasab arrives in your custody. Read more
There are so many misstatements, misconceptions and, well, mistakes embodied in the Thackeray family’s campaign to rename (or attack) those institutions that include Bombay (rather than Mumbai) in their names, that I really do not know where to begin.