Madhya Pradesh govt writes to Centre to rename Habibganj railway station after tribal queen Rani Kamlapati


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Passengers board the New Delhi-Habibganj Shatabdi Express after IRCTC resumed its services during Unlock 5 at the Habibganj train station in Bhopal.

The Madhya Pradesh government has sent a letter to the Ministry of the Interior to rename the recently renovated Habibganj railway station in honor of Rani Kamlapati, the 18th century Gondian queen of the region.

A letter from the state’s Transportation Authority says the renaming of the station is also in line with the Indian government’s decision to mark November 15 as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas in memory of the revered tribal leader and freedom fighter Birsa Mund.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Rs100 crore converted station on November 15, the day the government launches Janjatiya Gaurav Divas, a weeklong celebration of the pride of registered tribes in India.

The letter also explains the reason for the decision to rename the station.

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Image source: ANI. The MP’s government writes to the Center to rename the Habibganj railway station in honor of the queen of the tribe, Rani Kamlapati.

Rani Kamlapati was the widow of Gond, the ruler of Nizam Shah, the leader of Ginnorgarh. The Gond community includes the largest tribal group in India with a population of over 1.2 billion. Linguistically, the Gondi belong to the Gondi-Manda subgroup of the south-central branch of the Dravidian language family.

The letter says that the renaming of the station will pay tribute to the heritage and bravery of Rani Kamlapati.

The state government’s decision to rename the station to Rani Kamlapati Station came a day after Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur demanded that the station be renamed after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“The arrival of the distinguished Prime Minister on 15/11/2021 to attend Janajatiya Gaurav Divas bodes well for Bhopal. I am confident that Modiji will announce the renaming of the Habibganj railway station in the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. ji and fulfill my old request, ”Thakur said on Twitter on Thursday.

The name of the Allahabad railway station was changed to Prayagraj and the Mughalsaray railway junction was renamed to Pandit Din Dayal Upadhyay junction.

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