The High Court on Thursday issued a notice to the Center regarding a petition challenging the government’s decision to change the name of Belgaum to Belagavi.
M V Chawan and others from Belgaum contended that the change of name would affect the culture and sentiments of Marathi people. The petitioner further stated that the name was changed with political motives to hurt the sentiments of Marathi people and cut of Belguam’s historic roots with Marathi culture and language.
On October 25, 2006, the Revenue Department sent recommendations to the Central Government regarding changing names of major cities in Karnataka, in which Belgaum was changed to Belagavi.
Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice Mohan Shantan Gowder issued notice to the respondents.
Do we really require a name change is the question to all? What will happen if the same name is retained or it is changed? Will Belgaum’s fate change if the name is changed to Belgavi?
In India we have courts and courts will take their own time on any issue and ocne the matter is in court, we should not say anything, only say “The matter is sub judice “.