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Bengal missing from six names

Calcutta, Aug. 16: London can be a model for the state, but not English.

Bengal is not among the six names suggested by a two-member committee formed to draw up a shortlist of possible new names for the state. Bengal, sources said, was seen as being anglicised.

According to a source, Mamata Banerjee wants a name that is linked to the language, culture and heritage of the state.

The committee members, industries minister Partha Chatterjee and Opposition leader Surjya Kanta Mishra, today drew up the shortlist at a meeting in the Assembly.

Chatterjee said the views of the several writers and artistes had been considered before the names were selected. “People like Rabindrasangeet exponent Santidev Ghosh, poet Subhas Mukhopadhyay, actor and English teacher N. Viswanathan and Amartya Sen’s mother Amita had written on the issue. We have also taken the views of writer Mahasveta Devi and others,” Chatterjee said.

He added that the shortlist would be submitted to Mamata who had mooted the proposal to change the state’s name after coming to power.

“Mamata will discuss the names during an all-party meeting on Friday and later place the matter in the Assembly,” Chatterjee said.

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