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Mumbai Government Ends Reign of Prince of Wales

on 2000/11/17 8:49:02 ( 1640 reads )


MUMBAI, INDIA: Call it the latest victory for Chatrapati Shivaji. The Maharashtra state government decided Wednesday to rename Mumbai's Prince of Wales museum after the legendary Indian warrior and king. Shivaji already reconquered the main railway terminal, Victoria Station, and the city's name itself was returned to "Mumbai" from the Anglicized "Bombay." There are complaints about the movement, but it has been common practice in many countries to rid themselves of invader-imposed names. The museum was completed in 1914 to commemorate the Prince of Wales' 1905 visit to Bombay. It served first as a hospital due to the on-going World War I, and again during World War II. It now houses an outstanding collection of miniature paintings and other rare exhibits.

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