The Independent is going to start calling Mumbai Bombay again


A leading British daily will revert back to using Bombay instead of Mumbai when referring to the financial hub of India, to take stand against a “nastier strain of Hindu nationalism,” its Indian-origin editor said today.

“The whole point of Bombay is of an open, cosmopolitan port city, the gateway of India that’s open to the world. If you call it what Hindu nationalists want you to call it, you essentially do their work for them,” Amol Rajan, the editor of ‘The Independent’, told BBC today.

So if I understand these contortions of politically-correct nomenclature correctly, “Bombay” was bad because it was imperialist, but now “Mumbai” is bad because it’s “Hindu nationalist”, which may or may not translate to “anti-Muslim”.