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British names go as India erases colonial past

Jan 02, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

THREE Indian islands have been given new names as part of a campaign by Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government to dissociate the country from two centuries of British rule.

On a visit to the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, the prime minister announced the renaming of Ross, Neil and Havelock Islands - named after colonial figures - to honour Subhash Chander Bose.

Mr Bose, a radical Hindu nationalist, raised a rebel army of Indian soldiers during the Second ...