A Kerala road ‘renamed’ Gaza Street: Report

Some youths in a north Kerala Municipality have come under the scanner for allegedly replacing signboards that depict the name of Thuruthi Street with ones that depict the street as Gaza Street--taken after the Gaza Strip.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 19, 2017 3:49 pm
children drown, children drown in kerala, kasargod drowning incident, kasargod news, india news, latest news, indian express The renamed Thuruthi Street is located near Padannal village in Kerala’s Kasargod district. (Source: Google Maps)

Several youths in a north Kerala Municipality have come under the scanner for allegedly renaming signboards — from Thuruthi Street to Gaza Street– after the Gaza Strip, the piece of land in Palestinian rule that is the bone of contention between Palestine and Israel.

A report in Hindustan Times said there were claims that the street near Padannal village in Kasargod district was renamed allegedly in solidarity with those “targeted” by Israeli forces. There are reports of a number of youths from the district having allegedly joined the ISIS recently.

The report said the municipal authorities were unaware that signage at the street has been changed. It said the Kasargod district panchayat president AGC Basheer was reported to be present at the renaming ceremony.

The HT report quoted Befathima Ibrahim, chairperson of the civic body, as saying that she would rectify the problem at the earliest.

BJP district president K Sreekanth was quoted as saying: “There is nothing new about this. There have been many other attempts of this kind in Kasargod.”

The report cited a police official’s concerns of chances of such acts breeding discord among communities. “We are keeping an eye on such activities. Of late, many houses in north Kerala have put up residential nameplates in Arabic. Some have even been forced into doing this. Such activities will breed discord among various communities in the region,” the police official said.

Other places in the state have seen such renamings in the past as well. A beach in the state’s Malappuram district was renamed to Saddam Beach from Tipu Sultan Beach. The beach was renamed after the former Iraq president Saddam Hussein. It was apparently done in an act of solidarity after the 1991 Gulf War.

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    kg
    Jun 19, 2017 at 11:14 pm
    Indians, going mad for a Suadi Arabic cult,and Saudi Arabians dont let them sit next to them.
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      Mavala
      Jun 20, 2017 at 2:43 am
      Its different kind of slavery. so called "intellectuals" are slaves to long gone english country and these guys are slaves to saudi. they think by growing a beard and wearing a long soudi dress they suddenly became arab just like a posh english speaker thinks he is white.
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      autonomous
      Jun 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Youth gets attracted towards BAD things easily,extreme religious radicalisation is one of them.Its the job of the parents to show their children to live peacefully inside a secular country be in unity,respect acknowledge other religious people too.Create a peaceful developed I N D I A with unity among diversity for the future generation "i n d i a n s" 2020.
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        Jai hind
        Jun 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm
        Well said .. Parents plays an important role in building up a charector ..society comes second .. For all this basic education is mandatory .hope educated parents s of next generation would help us building up a good society
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        ramesh ahuja
        Jun 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm
        In many places Bin laden is considered hero and no media reports it, shame on them.Today we have Times now and Republic , they have guts and balls to target anti nationals.
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          Jai hind
          Jun 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm
          All.media's are biased ..all are supporting either this side or the side ... Same time this TOI republic has no guts to expose the bad side of some fake so called nationalists
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          Raj
          Jun 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm
          This is the result of all that "beef-eating" of the mallus. They think they were being "progressive" and "liberals" and "secular" - soon Cochin will be named Raqqa and Kohzikode will be named Baghdad or Mosul. Mallus will be eating BEEF and speaking ARABIC and burka for women will become compulsory. Already in Kerala there are more Mosques than Churches and Temples COMBINED - but apparently "secularism" means being so spineless and pathetic as to abandon your culture and adopt some dirty barbaric culture and names from the beggars of middle east. This is why in Mangalore, Udupi districts of Karnataka an ongoing battle is taking place to prevent the spread of these terrorists from spreading into Karnataka.
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            DR. THOMAS,
            Jun 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm
            Excellent idea.
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