Maharashtra to rename residential areas having caste-based names : Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said during a statement that the govt chose to rename the localities to take care of social harmony and national unity.


The Maharashtra government on Wednesday cleared a proposal to rename residential areas within the state having caste-based names, PTI reported. the choice was made at a state Cabinet meeting.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said during a statement that the govt chose to rename the localities to take care of social harmony and national unity.

The CMO added that names like “Mahar-wada, Bouddh-wada, Mang-wada, Dhor-vasti, Brahman-wada and Mali-galli”, which pointed to the community that resided during a certain area, weren't suited to a progressive state like Maharashtra. The names ask Dalits, Dalit Buddhists, the community that handles dead animals, and gardeners, among others, the New Indian Express reported.

The government said that the localities will now get names like Samata Nagar, Bhim Nagar, Jyotinagar, Shahunagar and Kranti Nagar.

Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde said the move will cause a change within the mindset of individuals . “We want to abolish the class structure gradually,” he was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. “Everyone has an equal right to measure with dignity. nobody should be discriminated on the idea of caste and religion.”