Rename Havelock, demands BJP leader

22 Mar 2017

A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday demanded changing the name of the famous tourist spot in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Rajya Sabha. “Naming Havelock in the Andamans after a person who had fought Indian patriots in 1857 was a matter of shame,” said BJP member L A Ganesan during the Zero Hour saying that Havelock had fought against Indians during 1857 revolt led by leaders like Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi.
“There was a statue of him in the Trafalgar Square in London for the role of the former East India Company's General in crushing the forces of Indian patriots. Over 60 years after Independence, there is still an island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands named after such a person. Can there be a greater insult than this to our patriots," Ganesan asked. The Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said it was a good suggestion which the government should examine.