Issue: China built new village in #ArunachalPradesh
Gujarat BJP’s Solution:
Change the name of dragon fruit as kamalam!! #China #Kamalam #dragonfruit #gujarat #BJP pic.twitter.com/VQ3KCGXKnc — Sharanu.N (@sharanu_ja) January 20, 2021
One of the posts in twitter soon after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the decision to rename Dragon fruit as Kamalam. A bitter coincidence when reports of China building villages in Arunachal Pradesh came out.
For many it is not quite a surprise as BJP governments in many states were renaming the cities. However, renaming the fruit seemed a bizarre move. In support of renaming the fruit, Rupani said that the word Dragon was not suitable for a fruit and hence the name change. As the dragon fruit looks like a lotus and thus the Sanskrit name of lotus “Kamalam”, he told the media.
An interesting aspect is that the BJP’s office in Gujarat is also named Kamalam.
Gujarat farmers, especially in the Kutch and Navasari regions, for the past few years, were engaged in the cultivation of Dragon fruit.
The Chief Minister said that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research was asked through the Gujarat Forest Department to name the fruit as Kamalam.
Some tweets that caught the interest of twitters
“Is the Gujarat CM competing with or mocking the UP CM? Suggest it would be best if the BJP govt constitutes a ‘National Renaming Council’ to keep these CMs occupied, considering that’s the only thing they’re good at, & save their states from misgovernance” : Shashi Tharoor
“The dragon has been slayed,”: Congress MP Karti Chidambaram.
“Hallelujah! The dragon has been shown its place… oh wait, I meant dragonfruit,” : Priyanka Chaturvedi of Shiv Sena.