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Patterns of commemorative street and place renaming in India’s two mega-cities: Mumbai and New Delhi

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From the journal Linguistics Vanguard


This paper presents a small-scale case study of commemorative street and place renaming patterns in Mumbai and New Delhi. Three distinct waves of such renamings are identified, driven by dramatic shifts in political and ideological orientation: the first signifies a break with India’s colonial past and the reclaiming of national pride and identity; the second is marked by the rise of the Shiv Sena, a radical right wing political party known for its strident form of identity politics; and the third reflects the resurgence of cultural nationalism and populism since 2014 with the coming to power of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), intent on pursuing its Hindu nationalist agenda – with each wave undeniably transforming the cityscape.

Corresponding author: Rani Rubdy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore, E-mail:


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Received: 2021-02-06
Accepted: 2021-02-19
Published Online: 2021-08-17

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