Gujarat CM renames dragon fruit as ‘kamalam’, draws flak

21 Janvier, 2021, 09:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A lotus not a Chinese dragon Indian PM Modi's home state changes name of fruitFILE

In September, Kutch farmers had requested the Gujarat government to rename the fruit to Kamalam. "The word "Kamalam" is a Sanskrit word and the fruit does have the shape similar to the lotus flower, so we have made a decision to call it "Kamalam" ", he said, stressing that "renaming of the fruit has nothing political about it".

There is nothing political behind renaming of the fruit, Rupani said.

In a latest, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday announced renaming of the dragon fruit as "Kamalam" (a Sanskrit word for lotus).

The Chief Minister also highlighted its nutritional value and price factor since its one of the most expensive fruits available in the market.

The NCP on Wednesday targeted the BJP over the Gujarat government's decision to rename dragon fruit as "Kamalam", saying the time may not be far when the saffron party would start calling the country as "Kamalastan".

During the launch event of the Chief Minister Horticulture Development Mission, Rupani said that as the name dragon fruit was associated with China they chose to change it. Rupani clarified and there's nothing political about the decision.

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"Though it is known as dragon fruit, it does not sound appropriate".

Lately, cultivators from some of the state's arid regions like Kutch have largely taken up farming of this fruit.

Earlier past year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat radio address had specially mentioned dragon fruit cultivation as a revolution in horticulture, to increase the farmer's earnings. It is to be noted that the BJP office in Gujarat is also named "Kamalam". There was no sign that local governments there were planning any name change.

"The Indian name of the fruit will bring more happiness to us".

The opposition Congress called the name change a gimmick.

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