What’s in a name?

The union government of India recently passed a bill stating that henceforth the airports will be named after the cities they are built in.

Quite a few of the country’s airports are currently named after national leaders namely Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and the country’s capital Indira Gandhi International Airport.

With this move they are doing away with an age old tradition of naming airports after freedom fighters and political leaders. However the authorities can continue to name the terminals within the airport after important personalities.

We are a country of 29 states and 7 union territories. There are more important pressing issues, related to health, safety and education which directly affect the lives of the masses. These issues need to be addressed urgently and need the undivided attention of our state governments. Here to hoping that with this decision there will be an end to the debates on mundane subjects like which leader played a bigger role in the state’s growth and hence deserves to have an airport named after him.

This post was written as a response to the article published in NDTV: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/chandigarh-effect-future-airports-to-be-named-after-cities-not-personalities-1263266

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