Recently, the central government removed the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from the sports award. At the same time in Karnataka also two people are campaigning to remove Rajiv Gandhi’s name from one place. Both of them are residents of Kodagu district of Karnataka and are signing online petitions to change the name of Rajiv Gandhi National Park located in Nagarhole. The names of these two are Naveen Madappa and Vinay Kayapanda. He has tagged the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Prime Minister’s Office, and MP Pratap Simha in his petition. They propose that the National Park be renamed after Field Marshal KM Cariappa. He said that this step would increase the respect of the Field Marshal who belongs to this district.
campaigns running on online platform
This petition, being run on the online platform change.org, has been signed by 8000 people in a very short time. According to both the petitioners, earlier the name of this park was Nagarhole National Reserve Forest. But later its name was changed to Rajiv Gandhi National Park Nagarhole to please a particular family and party. He says that everyone should get their share of recognition. Only certain people should not have this right. It is worth noting that recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the name of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. In this regard, in a post written on Twitter, the PM had said that people across the country have appealed to him to change the name of the Khel Ratna award. This decision has been taken while respecting the sentiments of the people.
BJP MLA said, change the name of the canteen
In the midst of all this, BJP MLA CT Ravi is also running a campaign to change the name in Karnataka. He has appealed to the new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to change the name of Indira Gandhi Canteen running across the state to Annapurneshwari Canteen. He further wrote that I do not understand why people should remember the dark period of Emergency while eating food? Significantly, the sword is drawn between the BJP government and the opposition over the renaming of public places and stadiums across the country.