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What’s in a name?

Dear Madam,
The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has recently said that the word “lynching” was of foreign origin and was for that reason irrelevant for our purposes. However, we cannot ignore a reality ~ good or bad ~ just because of its foreign origin. Aryans have foreign origin. But can we ever ignore their assimilation into Indian society for that reason?
On the other hand, lynching is a shame wherever it may happen in the world. In “Romeo and Juliet”, Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet…” Indeed, rose will smell as sweet even if a rose is called golap in Bengali or gulab in Hindi. Following this we can also say, “What’s in a name? That which we call lynching/ By any other word would carry equal shame…”
Sujit De, Kolkata