Seriously! Gujarat to rename Dragon Fruit as it looks like lotus

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2021

According to a report in a leading daily, Gujarat Government is planning to rename Dragon fruit as "Kamalam" for it's unique pink colour, scaly exterior which resembles a lot to lotus petals. "As the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, hence Dragon Fruit shall be renamed as Kamalam", said Rupani. "So we have given it the name "Kamalam"," Rupani said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the dragon fruit would be called "Kamalam" in his state for two reasons.

The lotus, or kamal as it is called in Hindi, is the symbol of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Gujarat's forest department had earlier applied to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to rename the dragon fruit, which is also known as pitahaya or strawberry pear in different parts of the world.

There are more than 200 farmers in Kutch alone who are growing dragon fruit over 1,500 acres, said Haresh Thakkar, a farmer from the region.

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Mr Rupani said there was nothing political in the decision to rename the dragon fruit.

The CM also said it is the most expensive fruit available in the market at this time.

Meanwhile, the move has evoked sharp comments on social media platforms evoking derision to sarcastic digs while netizens running hashtag #SanskariFruitSabzi as one of the top trending topic on Twitter. "The dragon has been shown its place. oh wait, I meant dragonfruit". Was the comment Priyanka Chaturvedi posted on Twitter while Karti Chidambaram posting "The Dragon has been slayed!" On social media, "Kamalam" became nearly as viral as "Kamala" on a day Kamala Harris was to take office as the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American US Vice President. Looks like our priority for the nation is set.

"There is nothing political behind renaming of the fruit", Rupani added. "By the way, COVID is on, the economy took a hit, we are in the middle of a pandemic".

The opposition Congress called the name change a gimmick.

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