Is there a justification behind the name changes initiated by the Karnataka Government? My first reaction when I read the news was one of laughter, "see, how uselsess these politicians are, making an issue out of nothing." I laughed at the funny sounding names, Mysuru, Hubbali and such.
Then I read Prakah's comment in this discussion about how Tamilians were lucky that their name changes happened prior to blogging and hence were spared ridicule by the bloggers. Though he made it sound light hearted, it set me thinking. Is it really stupid to change the colonial names to what they originally were?. Take the case of Wandiwash in Tamilnadu. There is no sh sounding alphabet in Tamil. The name was the English corruption of Tamil Vandavasi. Is it really necessary to keep the corrupted names just because it is hep? What is wrong in reverting back to the original names?. As Prakash asks, would you really prefer Wandiwash or Gingee or Courtallam in place of Vandavasi, Chenji or Kuttralam?
Whatever might be Mr. Kumarasamy's motive behind the current name change exercise, I don't find anything wrong with the exercise as such(as if anyone asked me to elaborate).