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Assam becomes Asom

February 27, 2006 19:11 IST

Assam Mondaychanged its name to Asom bringing down the curtain to the 180-year-old name, which many consider the last legacy of the Raj.

'Asom' means 'uneven' and British pioneers, not being able to spell and understand it correctly, made it 'Assam'.

"The cabinet today discussed the matter and accepted the suggestion made by renowned Assamese litterateur Chandra Prasad Saikia that the state's name should be changed to Asom from Assam," said State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma while briefing presspersons.

"It was a long-pending wish of the people," saidSharma.

Asom became the second state after Karnataka to change its name. Karnataka was known as Mysore before reorganisation of states.


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It took much time, but finally it is done. Great !

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Tamilnadu also changed from chennai region. why dont we consider to change our country name as Bharat instead of the name India -given by british. ...

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What was the spelling before the Raj's imposition of Assam? Was it Assom? Or Asomm? Or Assomm? A select committee, headed by an retired judge, ...

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Hi, The article said that only two states changed their names actually all but four or five states have changed their names since British times: ...

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