Why was change necessary?
• Many of the Tamil names were changed by the British as they could not pronounce them. Tamil Nadu changes names of over 1018 cities and places
• These ‘anglicised’ names of the areas needed to be changed closer to their original names in Tamil.
• The effort was to ensure that people pronounce the names of places correctly.
- Erode- ERODU
- Vellore- VELOOR
- Coimbatore- KOYAMPUTHTHOOR
- Tuticorin- THOOTHTHUKKUDI
- Egmore – EZHUMBOOR
- Adyar – ADAIYAARU
- Maylapore – MAYILAAPPOOR
Was this necessary during a pandemic?
• Not a new decision. The government order follows an announcement in the T.N. Assembly 2 years ago that anglicised names of the areas be changed closer to their original names in Tamil Language.
• Order notified on 1 April 2020, published now.
A high-level committee, headed by Minister for Tamil Official Language and Culture K. Pandiarajan, went into the matter.
Over the two years, language experts, representatives of Tamil organisations and professors along with government administrators finalised the names at the district level and later at the state level.
What’s there in a name?
“Tamil nadu” “Thamizh naadu” States name changed
- Travancore-Cochin to Kerala (1 November 1956).
- Madhya Bharat to Madhya Pradesh (1 November 1959)
- Madras State to Tamil Nadu (14 January 1969)
- Mysore State to Karnataka (1 November 1973)
- Pondicherry to Puducherry (20 September 2006)
- Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand (1 January 2007)
- Orissa to Odisha (4 November 2011)
- Bengal – Bangla
- Kerala – Keralam
What all needs to change ?
✓ Highway signboards
✓ Official seals
✓ Government Stationery
✓ Railway stations
The actual responsibility of implementing the change of names has been entrusted to departments of revenue, district administration, rural development and panchayat raj, and municipal corporations. Tamil Nadu changes names of over 1018 cities and places