September 19, 2022


NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi referring to Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar has as soon as once more introduced the Telangana capital, or moderately its title, within the highlight with saffron supporters arguing that town was initially known as Bhagyanagar and opponents claiming that this was not the case.
Whereas the problem matches in with BJP’s resolve to rename outstanding cities identified by Islamic names with ones extra rooted within the Hindu ethos, it additionally serves to galvanise the cadre in Telangana which the occasion has recognized because the second state within the south, after Karnataka, which is ripe for the selecting.

There are completely different theories on how Hyderabad got here to be often called such and all of them appear compelling, or outlandish, relying upon your worldview. The first ones are as follows:
Derived from Bhagmati
Essentially the most well-known idea, that includes a touch of romance, goes that Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah of the Qutub Shahi dynasty (1565-1612 CE) chanced upon an attractive courtesan Bhagmati whereas on a horseback trip and fell head over heels in love together with her.
On changing into the sultan after his father’s loss of life, he married her and constructed a brand new metropolis in her village which got here to be often called Bhagnagar. One other string of the speculation says Bhagmati embraced Islam upon her marriage and took the title Hyder Begum, and, therefore, the title Hyderabad. Historians, nonetheless, don’t consider on this idea.
The town of ‘baghs’
One other idea says the wealthy of Golconda, bored with the filth and pestilence within the outdated metropolis, constructed themselves massive properties with expansive gardens throughout the river Musi.
In time, the realm got here to be often called Baghnagar (metropolis of gardens).
When Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah determined to construct a brand new metropolis, he selected Baghnagar and renamed it Hyderabad (town of Hyder).
Hyder is without doubt one of the names of Ali, the primary imam of the Shias. This idea has many takers amongst historians and metropolis planners.
The goddess Bhagyalakshmi
By the Forties, with it changing into more and more clear that independence from Britain was not far off, the Nizam doubled down on efforts to declare Hyderabad as an Islamic state and a separate entity from India.
The province was overwhelmingly Hindu with a tiny Muslim ruling class and this led to resentment and Hindu mobilisation.
As a part of this build-up got here the argument that Hyderabad was earlier often called Bhagyanagar (after the goddess Bhagyalakshmi) and the Hindus began referring to it as such.
The town was portrayed as one which wanted to be reclaimed from Muslim rulers. After independence and the autumn of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the demand petered out until the BJP came to visit.
Modi’s name, KTR’s retort
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on the current BJP nationwide govt in Hyderabad that it was in Bhagyanagar that Sardar Patel had coined the time period “Ek Bharat”.
“PM Modi stated that Hyderabad is Bhagyanagar which is critical for all of us. Sardar Patel saved the muse of a unified India and now it is BJP’s duty to hold it additional,” BJP chief Ravi Shankar Prasad stated quoting the PM.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi working president KT Rama Rao retorted to the calls for by asking, “Why don’t you modify Ahmedabad’s title to Adanibad first?”
Yogi’s demand in 2020
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was the primary outstanding chief in current occasions to carry up the Bhagyanagar demand.
Campaigning for the BJP forward of the 2020 Higher Hyderabad Municipal Company elections, he had stated, “Some individuals had been asking me if Hyderabad could be renamed as Bhagyanagar. I stated why not. I advised them that we renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj after BJP got here into energy in UP. Then why Hyderabad cannot be renamed as Bhagyanagar?”
On Sunday, Adityanath visited Charminar in Hyderabad and prayed on the Bhagyalakshmi temple. In 2020, dwelling minister Amit Shah had visited Bhagyalakshmi temple as have a bunch of BJP leaders. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat too had paid a go to.



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