“The Gujarat government has decided … the word dragon fruit is not appropriate, and is associated with China. The fruit’s shape is like a lotus, and hence we have given it a new Sanskrit name, kamalam. There is nothing political about it,” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani instructed media on Tuesday.
The growth comes a couple of months after Modi had praised farmers in a radio programme for cultivating the dragon fruit within the arid area of Kutch in Gujarat.
“After that the farmers had approached me, and suggested changing the name of dragon fruit to kamalam,” Vinod Chavda, the BJP Member of Parliament from Kutch, instructed Reuters. “I am happy that the state has accepted the proposal.”
There are greater than 200 farmers in Kutch alone who’re rising dragon fruit over 1,500 acres, mentioned Haresh Thakkar, a farmer from the area.
“The Indian name of the fruit will bring more happiness to us. We feel that the acceptance level of the fruit will also increase if it is looked upon as an Indian fruit,” mentioned Thakkar, who has been rising dragon fruit for 5 years.
The fruit can also be grown in neighbouring Maharashtra state and in northeastern India. There was no signal that native governments there have been planning any title change.
The opposition Congress known as the title change a gimmick.
“The government has nothing worthwhile to show as achievements, and is trying to divert attention from real issues,” Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi mentioned.