Kerala Assembly Seeks Renaming State to ‘Keralam’

On June 24, 2024, the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution to change the state’s name from “Kerala” to “Keralam” to align with its Malayalam name. This initiative, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, aims to amend the Constitution’s First Schedule and the Eighth Schedule, which lists official languages. The name “Kerala” has historical roots dating back to 257 BCE, with Emperor Ashoka’s reference to “Keralaputra.” Linguistically, it is linked to the Old Tamil word “Cher” and the Kannada word “Keram.” Kerala was formed on November 1, 1956, by merging Malayalam-speaking regions, reflecting its cultural and linguistic heritage.

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