Name game

WHAT'S IN a name? Lots and loads, Hyderabadis would say.

And why not, after one considers this week's furore over the renaming of the upcoming international airport at Shamshabad.

The Congress wants it to be named after Rajiv Gandhi.

The Telugu Desam wants the Telugu pride to be held high by naming it after N.T. Rama Rao. The BJP, meanwhile, wants it to be named after P.V. Narasimha Rao.

Some say that once the naming is over, it is rarely that the airport will be mentioned by its full official name, other than in documents, in the media and a few other quarters. For most of the public using the airfield, it could be the `Hyderabad airport' or more locally, the `Shamshabad airport', just as they now say `Begumpet airport'.

Still, some argue, the significance of the name can't be pushed aside. True. So, what's your take?

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