Sultanpur: In an attempt to restore India’s historical inheritance, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister yogi Adityanath, has reportedly decided to add one more name to his controversial name change policy. After changing the name of Faizabad district to Ayodhya, the Yogi-led UP government is all set to change its neighbouring Sultanpur district as ‘Kush Bhawanpur’ after Lord Ram’s son Kush.
As per reports, a proposal for renaming has been sent to the state government by the Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue and is likely to be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting for approval.
Citing historical records in the district gazetteer, the Sultanpur district administration in a report said the city was known as ‘Kush Bhawanpur’ in 1300 and was governed by the Bhar dynasty until it was invaded by Alauddin Khalji’s army, and was later renamed ‘Sultanpur’.
Talking about this, Sultanpur District Magistrate Raveesh Gupta said, “A few months ago when we looked into the records based on the district gazeteer, it was found that around 1300 during the reign of Alauddin Khilji, the city was razed by his army and has since then been known as Sultanpur. We had submitted these findings to the government a few months ago.”
In the name of reclaiming country’s glorious legacy, the ruling BJP government under saffron clad sanyasi, Yogi Adityanath, changed the name of many major cities, towns, streets, airports and one of the country’s biggest train stations, swapping names that reflect Muslim heritage for Hinducentric ones. He changed the name of Uttar Pradesh’s iconic railway station Mughalsarai railway station after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
Allahabad, the 16th century legacy of a Muslim ruler, the Mughal Emperor Akbar was changed to Prayagraj— a word that references the Hindu pilgrimage site there. While, Faizabad, the capital city of Awadh – a princely state founded by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, was also converted to Ayodhya amid rising Ram Janam Bhoomi politics. Around the same time, on December 21, 2018, the issue of Sultanpur was raised by BJP MLA from Lambhua Deomani Dwivedi in the Assembly. He had claimed that he found some historical records showing that the city was known under different names associated with Kush and demanded that the House unanimously clear the name ‘Kush Bhawanpur’.