Sukhendu Sekhar Ray speaks on the delay by Centre in renaming West Bengal as Bangla


Sir, after the partition of Bengal in 1947, following the Act passed by the Boundary Commission, commonly known as the Radcliffe Commission, the eastern districts of Bengal formed the parts of East Pakistan, which is now the independent country known as Bangladesh, whereas the western parts stretching from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal in the south was named as West Bengal, although no geographical territory ever existed officially known as East Bengal. 

The word Bangla is believed to have been derived from ‘Banga’, a Dravidian tribe that settled in the region around 1000 BCE. Everybody knows that in our national anthem that Gurudev Tagore wrote Dravida Utkala Banga. So in July 2018, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly passed a resolution in fulfillment of a long standing demand of the people of West Bengal that the state should be renamed as ‘Bangla’ and it is still pending for the consideration of the Central Government.

Sir, the Central Government is sending advisories frequently. Within months three advisories have been sent on different issues but the Resolution which have been passed by the West Bengal Legislative Assembly is still pending for the renaming of the state. This is a question of our identity, the question of the identity of Bengali people. Why should we be called as people of West Bengal as there was no East Bengal ever in the history of India? Therefore, I would urge upon the Government of India through you Sir, to consider the Resolution of the State Legislature and to give effect to the same at the earliest possible time to restore the actual identity of Bengali people.

স্যার, এই ব্যাপারে আমি বাংলায় এক লাইন বলতে চাই আপনার অনুমতি নিয়ে যাতে আমার রাজ্যের লোকেরা অন্তত বুঝতে পারে সংসদে আমরা এই বিষয়টি তুলছি। এই নিয়ে বাঙালি জনসমাজে অনেক অসন্তোষ আছে যে কেন এখনও বাংলাকে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ হিসেবে চিহ্নিত করা হচ্ছে, কারণ পুর্ববঙ্গের কোনও অস্তিত্ব কোনও কালে ছিল না, যেটা পূর্ব পাকিস্তান ছিল আজ তা বাংলাদেশ হয়ে গেছে।

তাই স্যার, আপনার মাধ্যমে আমার সরকারের কাছে নিবেদন যে আমাদের পশ্চিমবঙ্গ বিধানসভার এই প্রস্তাবটাকে যত দ্রুত সম্ভব স্বীকার করে এই নামটা পরিবর্তন করা হোক। ধন্যবাদ স্যার।