Stop indiscriminate use of the names of the national icons and their creations

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Soul of a nation is built up by the philosophical and cultural inputs from the national great personalities. Their thoughts, lives and works are the constant sources of inspiration that is essential for maintenance of high standard of integrated national life. Our sacred duty is to propagate the ideals they have left for us throughout the nation. That’s why we continue to pay homage to them, cite the examples from their lives, and percolate the essence of their creations among people by educational and cultural means.

Some people attach the names of our national icons and works to the objects of their personal narrow interest out of sheer ignorance. By this act they not only dishonor the reverend persons but also dilutes their high ideals. 

In West Bengal we see naming of the railway stations, overhead tanks, markets and housings of the cities after the names of great poet Rabindranath Tagore, Social reformers Raja Rammohan Roy, Iswarchandra Vidyasagar and Swami Vivekananda.

‘Geetanjali’, the esteemed collection of poems of Rabindranath Tagore with highly spiritual vision has been used to name a railway station, a housing project and a tower clock in the cities.      

This kind of acts not only betrays the true message of these great personalities and their creations to the people at large but also help undermine the sense of dignity and values attached to them. This eventually leads to degradation of a nation.

My sincere appeal to the citizens of India to raise the voice against this unjust trend. Let the great names be withdrawn from the said places and be attached to the great educational, cultural and spiritual institutions and events only.