What is in a Name

I never liked the NITI Aayog and the BHIM App just for the names. If NITI is abbreviated version of National Institution for Transforming India, then Aayog behind it is a misfit. If the government is trying to convey “Policy” through the word NITI then the NITI Aayog in English should be called “Policy Commission”.
Bhim Rao Ambedkar or the great Pandava warrior Bhim perhaps never thought that they would be called Bharat Interface for Payment (BHIM) in digital India and that they would have to take on Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s Paytm or Oxigen wallet. I am yet to fully understand why a minimalist government is on the job of promoting an App which is also done by so many private players.
Despite my reverence for the Vaishnav saints I am not happy to learn that GS Road is renamed as Srimanta Sankardev Path as it is unlikely to improve the road condition. Also I am pained to see a dirty galli in Ganeshguri called as Sankardev Path and a congested lane in Hatigaon area called as Mula Gabharu Path. Years ago I saw a dusty village road near Mukalmua in Nalbari district named as Raghunath Chaudhary path.
Whenever I am in Kolkata I feel homely primarily because the city is a bigger and a more chaotic version of Guwahati. Also there is great pleasure in walking along the Park Street, Camac Street, Little Russel Street and Ho Chi Min Sarani as I feel like a truly global citizen then.


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