PERSPECTIVE
NAMIMG GAMING
Allah to Prayag
- Amandeep Sandhu
Allah to Prayag




BEFORE VIOLENCE OCCURS in the physical world, it occurs in language. Naming a person, a place, a thing is a hegemony reserved for the rulers, so are statistics, so are reports. Through naming one can make visible or disappear people, places, histories. It is in keeping with the nature of right wing bluster to change the name of a city, a plan, a scheme - the current BJP has merely renamed 19 out of 23 Congress schemes - tinker with statistics, fudge reports, but not do any work on the ground. Naming Allahabad as Prayagraj is just one more such step.

However, the question is: who really did not know the city is also called Prayag? What has the Yogi government achieved by naming an already named place?
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In any case, these lofty leaders can keep playing name games but just like for 443 years no one forgot that Allahabad was also Prayag, now no one is going to forget Prayag was also Allahabad.
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The word Prayag means 'a place sanctified by sacrifices - yagya'. Confluence of rivers are great sites for ritual sacrifices. Even the Kumbh Mela takes place at Allahabad/Prayag which for thousands of years has been considered the confluence of river(s) Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati.

A direct answer to what the Yogi government has achieved is that they have foregrounded the idea of Prayag as a confluence of three rivers over the later Mughal invasions. They are seeking to go back in the mists of time to reclaim their history from mythology. I say mythology because there is no real documented proof that Saraswati exists. Our sub-continent's indigenous traditions were oral and not written, documented. However, in history making, people's memory and imagination plays a great role. Yogi is basically saying that Saraswati was and is real and it forms the confluence of rivers at Prayag.

Pray then would the right wing's supposed scientific wing explain to me why are they looking for Saraswati from Haryana to the Rann of Kutch through Rajasthan? Why in July 2016, did the BJP-led Centre and Manhoar Lal Khattar government in Haryana kick-off the ambitious Saraswati Heritage Project to trace the origin, the disappeared routes, and to bring back to life river Saraswati river that presumably dried-up close to 4,000 years ago? If the source of the mythical river Saraswati is at Adi Badri in Yamunangar, why is the project team building three head-works on river Sutlej, before it enters Panjab, in Himachal Pradesh itself to drain out the river's water and flow it through the canal being dug near Kurukshetra, Sirsa and other places in Haryana? The implication is the draining out the only life line of Panjab - the river Sutlej - which will turn the land once known for five rivers into a desert. 

If Prayag is the right wing story then the river Gaggar or any other being reclaimed as Saraswati can't be their story. Or is the right wing proposing two contesting stories? It tells us that the right wing is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It would twist and turn stories to fit its ideology - do whatever is convenient - disregarding both mythology and history.

That is the problem with re-naming an already named place. It exposes the dual-face of the right wing approach to people's stories. In any case, these lofty leaders can keep playing name games but just like for 443 years no one forgot that Allahabad was also Prayag, now no one is going to forget Prayag was also Allahabad. Through many millennia in the sub-continent, many empires have risen and fallen, many lofty leaders have come and gone, but people retain stories in their consciousness.

How will you erase them?
 

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