In Rajasthan, the name of a village called ‘Miyon ka Bara’ was officially changed to ‘Mahesh Nagar’ after its residents complained that they were not getting matrimonial matches as the name gave an impression that the village was inhabited by Muslims.
The Union Home Ministry recently approved the change of name and conveyed the decision to the Rajasthan government.
The village in Barmer district has a population of around 1,400.
Tahir Samma, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Siwana tehsil, said that during the pre-Independence period the name of the village was ‘Mahesh Ro Bado’, which changed to ‘Miyon ka Bara’ over the course of time.
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