Fact Check: Did Amit Shah rename Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Social media users claim that Home Minister Amit Shah has renamed Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Islands.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  21 Oct 2021 12:30 PM GMT
Fact Check: Did Amit Shah rename Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Hyderabad: Social media users claim that Home Minister Amit Shah has renamed Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Islands.

The caption of the post reads: ആൻഡമാൻ നിക്കോബാർ ദ്വീപ് ഇനിമുതൽ നേതാജി സുഭാഷ് ചന്ദ്ര ബോസ് ദ്വീപ് എന്നറിയപ്പെടും.. അമിത്ഷാ

Translated: "Andaman Nicobar Island will now be known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island: Amit Shah."


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Fact Check:

NewsMeter found the claim to be misleading.

With the help of the Internet, NewsMeter searched for the news about renaming. The team found reports about Amit Shah's three-day recent visit to Andaman and Nicobar.

https://www.andaman.gov.in/about

Fact-checker looked for such announcements via press releases by the Ministry of Home Affairs but found none.

https://pib.gov.in/Allrel.aspx

We searched with relevant keywords about renaming any island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the team came across two-year-old media reports on the rechristening of some islands in Andaman and Nicobar.

According to these reports, PM Modi in December 2018 had renamed Ross Island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep. Modi renamed three Islands as a tribute to Netaji. Neil Island was named Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island was named Swaraj Dweep on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of his Tricolour hoisting at Port Blair.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/andaman-nicobar-islands-renamed-pm-modi-netaji-bose-1420382-2018-12-31

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/pm-modi-renames-3-islands-of-andaman-and-nicobar/articleshow/67311674.cms?from=mdr

However, the correspondent found an MHA press release on October 16. During his visit, Shah inaugurated and laid foundation stones of various development projects from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island in Andaman and Nicobar.

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1764396

Shah tweeted about the same on his official Twitter account.

Hence, it is evident that Amit Shah has not renamed Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Islands. In 2018, one of the islands in the Union territory was named after Netaji.

Claim Review:Amit Shah renamed Andaman &Nicobar Island after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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