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Andaman island still named after an Englishman who fought Indians shameful: MP

A demand was made in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to change the name of Havelock island in the Andamans, with a BJP member saying that naming a place after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857 was a matter of shame.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2017 14:52 IST
BJP MP LA Ganesan said an Andaman island still named after an Englishman was shameful.
BJP MP LA Ganesan said an Andaman island still named after an Englishman was shameful. (Shutterstock/Representative image)

A demand was made in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday to change the name of Havelock island in the Andamans, with a BJP member saying that naming a place after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857 was a matter of shame.

BJP member LA Ganesan raised the matter during the Zero Hour saying that Havelock had fought against Indians during 1857 revolt led by leaders like Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi.

He said there was a statue of him in the Trafalgar Square in London for his role in crushing the forces of Indian patriots.

Ganesan questioned that over 60 years after Independence, there is still an island named after such a person.

“Can there be a greater insult than this to our patriots,” Ganesan asked.

He also said that Andaman islands is a place where people like Veer Savarkar had been jailed.

After Ganesan raised questions about an island being named after an East India Company’s General, deputy chairman PJ Kurien said it was a good suggestion which the government should examine.