In what points at the increasing influence of Islamist factions on the Government of West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee, the orginal Bengali word for rainbow, ‘Ramdhonu’ (Bow of Ram), has been replaced with ‘Rangdhonu’ (Bow of Colours) in Standard VII Bengali language school textbooks on Environment.
According to this report, the West Bengal Council for Higher Education changed the original Bengali word in the ‘Barnali’ chapter of the ‘Environment and Science’ book. The report says that one of the colours of ‘Rongdhenu’, ‘Aakashi’, meaning sky blue, has been replaced with ‘Aasmani’, which is Urdu.
The report does not mention the edition of the book in which the word has been used. It, however, quotes linguists slamming the change of name.
Social media users too pointed at the same and criticised the move:
Islamization in WB School syllabus
Name of Lord Ram in Ramdhanu (rainbow) is replaced in textbooks.Beef hs bn introduced as food bt nt pork pic.twitter.com/xNII2KSCgt
— Sourish Mukherjee (@me_sourish) January 12, 2017
Towing Bangladesh’s ideology in the name of Secularism,this is what Bengal has reduced itself to under Mamta Didi ..https://t.co/9doC1LkU8o
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) January 12, 2017
Wow. Bengal ‘secularises’ rainbow in textbooks by changing its traditional name Ramdhonu (Ram’s bow). Puke-worthy https://t.co/K51nGiSPXL
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) January 12, 2017
Bangladesization of West Bengal is in progress.Following BD,WB edu dept now writes ‘Rangdhenu’ instead of ‘Ramdhenu’ https://t.co/yKOqnBUCRu
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) January 12, 2017
That Mamata Banerjee has gone overboard with her appeasement is not a secret anymore. Under her rule, the Imam of the Tipu Sultan mosque in Kolkata issues fatwa against the Prime Minister and publically calls for beheading of eminent anti-Islamists without the fear of the law. Her ministers and she herself use filthy language to addresses the PM and BJP ministers at rallies.
Banerjee’s policies and her deliberate ignorance of communal incidents against Hindus by radical Islamists in her state have only strengthened the fundamentalists, most of whom are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh who are escaping the crackdown on them by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.