Friday, March 06, 2009

Kolkata vs. Calcutta

Just in case you were wondering...

Calcutta was the capital of India during the British Raj and is the Anglicized name of the Indian city of Kolkata.

It was always pronounced "Kolkata" in Bengali, but in 2001 the city's official English name changed to Kolkata.

Just like Bombay is now called Mumbai, Calcutta is now called Kolkata. It is considered respectful to Indian independence to use the Indian (and not the British) name.

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