HYDERABAD: The Human Rights Forum on Wednesday opposed the State government's plans of renaming Kadapa after the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
“The name, Kadapa has a historical significance, and finds mention in inscriptions and other documents,” the forum's State president Jeevan Kumar told media persons. “Renaming it for political reasons is an unnecessary precedent that may prompt similar claims.” It's often believed that Kadapa gets its name as the first threshold or ‘gadapa' en route to Tirupati, he explained. As the name, like names of other districts and towns that are as old, carries layers of history and local folklore, he said, renaming it would hurt the sentiments of people. Citing a 5000 strong signature campaign, Mr. Kumar said the government has no right to rename districts under the guise of paying respect to the former Chief Minister.