Yogi Adityanath Says Will Rename Hyderabad, Geography Students Protest

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Yogi Adityanath Says Will Rename Hyderabad, Geography Students Protest

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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erious protests erupted in schools across the country after Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath suggested renaming Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar, if the BJP was voted to power in Telangana. The proposal to rename yet another city triggered furious geography students, who are struggling to keep track of the changing city names. Students were seen shouting outside classrooms holding “Leave Them Kids Alone” placards.

“I used to score 100/100 in geography earlier, but this year I only managed 98/100. I lost two marks to fill in the blanks because I wrote Allahabad instead of Prayagraj and Mughalsarai Station instead of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station. Android se zyada geography textbook update ho rahe hai. It’s so difficult to keep track,” complained Class V topper and IIT aspirant Super Sharma.

Students in Kota have formed a WhatsApp group where they keep posting the latest name changes of cities, roads, stations to help each other out. Instead of watching Cartoon Network, they have started following news so that they don’t miss out on anything. “I have started watching Yogi ji’s speeches instead of Shin Chan, else I’ll fail my geography exam. I’m not sure what is funnier,” said Average Awasthi, Class VI student at Model School, Rohtak.  

The students have started a #LeaveThemKidsAlone campaign on Facebook and created a Change.org petition, requesting the Uttar Pradesh chief minister to not rename any more places.

The frequent name changes have proven to be a logistical nightmare for students and school booksellers alike. “When I go to buy an Atlas, I have to check the version to make sure it is the latest one. In the past six months, I’ve bought more atlases than cricket balls. Since they become outdated, they don’t have much raddi value either. Like Aadhaar card, we use it to have bhel now,” added Average Awasthi.

The students have started a #LeaveThemKidsAlone campaign on Facebook and created a Change.org petition, requesting the Uttar Pradesh chief minister to not rename any more places. “I can’t recall where oranges grow in Maharashtra or which rivers originate from Himachal Pradesh or what country Sikkim is in. And now I am expected to remember new city names. I believe this is a conspiracy against students who are weak at Geography to make them repeat a year. Neta log khud to school pass kiye nahi, humko bhi fail karwayenge,” said Struggler Singh, passing-mark aspirant at Generic Convent School.

When the issue was brought to the notice of Adityanath, his office issued a statement saying students should be prepared, this is just the beginning.

“We are planning to introduce syllabus changes in other subjects such as Science and History after learning about new concepts and theories through WhatsApp forwards,” said a spokesperson from the CMO.

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