Berhampur, January 6 (Localwire): Eminent litterateur and Jnanpith Award winner Pratibha Ray has suggested that the name of Berhampur should need to change as Bramhapur.
Ray who was addressing the foundation day celebration of Berhampur University, after receiving the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Literature by the university, said that the Britishers might have re-named Bramhapur to Berhampur to suit their pronunciation.
“I request all people in the city to write Bramhapur instead of Berhampur, which literally means city of unkindness, she said.
“We have also requested the people of the city to mount pressure on the government to change the spelling of the city’s name to Bramhapur” she added.
Ray’s appeal to change the spelling of the city evoked positive response among the academicians and activists in the city.
“We had suggested the government to change the name of Berhampur to Bramhapur in 2012 when the central government had decided to change the names of 25 towns across the country,” said Pramod Kumar Panda of Utkal Parishad, a cultural organisation.
Only the Indian Railways had changed the spelling of the name of the biggest commercial hub of southern Odisha to Bramhapur after the requests made by several eminent personalities and organisations of the town.
The other central and state government officials, however, are yet to respond and still continue to spell the Silk City as Berhampur.
“This is high time, the government should change the name of Berhampur to Bramhapur,” a retired teacher Trinath Moharan said.
“The spelling of the town may have been used as Berhampur by the British rulers to avoid confusion with other towns, especially for postal purposes, with the same or similar sounding names like Berhampore in West Bengal and Burhampur of district Gurdaspur in Punjab,” author of the book City of Brahma P Venugopal Rao said.
“Whatever may be the reasons, the state’s revenue department should bring an amendment bill to change the spelling of the city’s name” a social activist Sagar Ranjan Tripathy, adding that Ray has rightly pointed out the error in the spelling of the city name.
“While the names of several other ancient towns have been changed, the government should change the spellings of Odisha towns, including Berhampur.” a retired professor of Berhampur University Bishnu Charan Choudhury said.