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Why naming cities after airport is a bad idea? (Pun)

The scourge of renaming streets, alleys, and cities is not unprecedented, neither is the idea of renaming an airport. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government in India renamed the Gorakhpur Airforce Station to Mahayogi Goraknath Airport after the founder of the Nath monastic movement; and likewise, the Agra Airport to RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay airport. This is a common process followed by governments in India, and the BJP government seems to be following the footsteps of its predecessors.
However, what is unprecedented is renaming an entire city after an airport. Imagine, to rename the airport of a city, you could just rename the city? Would that be possible?

Looking at the dire state of a country, nothing can be guaranteed. After all, there is no absolute protection against such extreme reclassification.

Imagine the city of Lucknow being renamed as Chaudhari Charan Singh city of U.P.; Singapore being renamed to Changhi city; Eastern Cape in South Africa renamed after East London; New Delhi being renamed to Indira Gandhi; city of Patna after Jaiprakash Narayan; Raipur city to Swami Vivekananda; and Rome being renamed after Leonardo da Vinci. Oh, the irony!

Although there is an earthy honesty in naming places that rings of history, but it resultantly agitates natives and confuses visitors. The former becoming fractious about the selection of the local hero and the latter being forced to mug up the local political history to know if they are flying into the right city.

Perhaps, the principle can be extended to city streets and neighborhoods, to end the menace of political renaming. But this principle cannot degenerate into an assault on history which has been a progress in countries like India, where illustrious names from suddenly suspect dynasties are wiped out in favour of wholesome nomenclature.

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The scourge of renaming streets, avenues, alleys, and cities is not unprecedented, neither is the idea of renaming an airport. However, what is unprecedented is renaming an entire city after an airport. To rename the airport of a city, you could just rename the city?

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