Why in News:
- The Habibganj railway station in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) has been renamed after Gond queen Rani Kamlapati.
Who is Rani Kamlapati?
- Rani Kamlapati, the Gond queen of the region in the 18th century, was the widow of Ginnorgarh’s chief, Gond ruler Nizam Shah.
- According to reports, she built the seven-storey ‘Kamlapati Palace’, which presently serves as an ASI-protected monument and overlooks the Upper and Lower Lakes.
- Rani Kamlapati Palace is a secular architecture of the 18th century built of Lakhauri bricks, cusped arches over crumpled pillars.
- The merlons are shaped as water lotuses honouring the name of the Queen.
- The Gonds are one of the world’s most populous tribal groups.
- It has been notified as a Scheduled Tribe.
- Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Odisha are the states where they live the most.
- Two types of millet, kodo and kutki, are their basic foods.
- According to the Gonds, Gods rule the land, water, and air.
- They primarily speak Gondi, a Dravidian family of unwritten languages.
- Keslapur Jathra is an important festival amongst the Gonds
- Another important event among the Gonds is Madai.
- They also celebrate Dusshera, a Hindu festival.
- The Gusadi dance is their most well-known performance.
How to change the name of a station?
- To rename a village, town, city, or station, an executive order is required.
- After receiving no objections from the Ministry of Railways, the Department of Posts, and the Survey of India, the Union Home Ministry gives its approval to the proposal to change the name of any railway station or place.
- For changing the name of a state(under Article 3), amendment of the Constitution with majority( majority of more than 50% of the members present and voting in the House) in Parliament is needed.
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