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    Calcutta reborn as Kolikata - New Bengali Name

    Calcutta reborn as Kolikata

    The assembly of the Indian state of West Bengal has
    unanimously voted to change the name of the state to
    Bangla and to rename the city of Calcutta as Kolikata.

    The move ends a fifty year legacy of British imperialism -
    Calcutta was the former capital of the British Indian
    empire.

    The BBC correspondent in Calcutta says there has
    rarely been such unanimity on display among the
    political parties in Bengal.

    However, our correspondent says public opinion is
    divided.

    Critics of the left-wing state government see it as an
    attempt to distract attention from inadequate economic
    development. The Indian cities of Bombay and Madras
    have already changed their names to Mumbai and
    Chennai. Mumbai is the Marathi name of Bombay and Chennai is the Tamil name of Madras.
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