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A SHORT HISTORY OF BOMBAY (1534 - 2008) - FROM BOM BAHIA TO BOMB BAY

1995

 

Issue Dated: December 14, 2008
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1995 As Shiv Sena-BJP took mantle of the city, ‘Marathi pride’ and ‘Me Mumbaikar’ words started filling the airwave. Shiv Sena started the renaming drive zealously and the first causality was the city itself. Bombay was rechristened Mumbai, an alien name for the substantial part of its population. Shivaji became the latest fashion as hundreds of institutions, localities and roads in the city started bearing his name. The historic and iconic ‘Victoria Terminal’ was rechristened ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal’. In fact, the more Bombay declined, the more the recourse to Shivaji to invoke lost glory of an era gone by.
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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017