Kerala to become 'Keralam'?

Written by: Devaki
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Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 14: Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan told the State Assembly on Wednesday, Jul 14 that State government would look into the suggestions for changing the official spelling of the state to 'Keralam'.

VS added that the decision on the matter would be taken only after the detailed discussions with the experts.

Babu M Pallissery (CPI-M) pointed out the suggestion to make the official name to 'Keralam' as it is articulated and written in Malayalam. He referred the changed names of 'Trichur' to 'Thrissur'and 'Calicut' to 'Kozhikode'. He said that there was no justification in delaying changing the name to 'Keralam' which means 'land of Keras' (coconut trees).

VS said that there had been suggestions before from various quarters regarding this where the instances like changing the names of 'Bangalore' to 'Bengaluru' and 'Bombay' to 'Mumbai' were cited.

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