With the West Bengal government Cabinet okaying a name change for the state to Bangla or Bongo in Bengali and Bengal in English, the floodgates have opened on social media regarding the renaming.
State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Tuesday the a special session of the Assembly would be called to finalise the renaming, which looks to be aimed at the state shedding a vestige from the British rule in India. But a session of levity was already under way on social media platforms like Twitter, where people had their own takes on the new names.
Of the many people who got into the act, the first was BJP MP Babul Supriyo. The singer-turned-politician said: "I welcome the name change, but the name should not be bongo, because it is a musical instrument."
Here are some of the more hilarious tweets that followed the announcement that West Bengal would be renamed:
I am told that some in West Bengal want their state to be renamed as Bongo. Can I please introduce a motion to prefix that with Coco?— Shubhashish (@shubHASHISH) August 2, 2016
President of Gabon is Ali Bongo. Now we can easily claim it as an extension of Poschim Bongo. :p— Navigator (@navfrn) August 2, 2016
Some tried to bring to the fore one of the biggest problems faced by students in georgraphy class:
They are renaming West Bengal to Bengal coz parents were tired of explaining kids why it is named West Bengal even though it's in East— Aakash (@PUNchayati) August 2, 2016
West Bengal proposes a name change.. thereby clearing the confusion of East and West for many school kids— Arunraj Nair (@nairarunraj) August 2, 2016
Some others, meanwhile, were thinking like Babul Supriyo:
Others looked to different sources within the musical universe to search out what they thought inspired the renaming:
Meanwhile, yet others were afraid of a different kind of confusion with "Bongo":
Bongo is a musical instrument. Bongo is also among the largest of the African forest antelope species.— ((( JP ))) (@forthehighway) August 2, 2016
Please - change name but not to Bongo
Some appealed for other places to be renamed, and that the process be carried out at a fast pace:
What is your take on this renaming? Got some more humorous wordplay for us? Leave a comment to tell us.