Welcome to Royal prefixes being now done away with:


As a result of necessary initiative taken by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, the addresses like ‘His Excellency’ and ‘Honourable’ till now being used before the names of the VVIPs shall no more be allowed to remain in vogue with immediate effect. This decision he took preceding his visit to Mithila University to deliver his convocation address to-day. All invitation cards prepared and published for the purpose using the terms like ‘His Excellency’ and ‘Honourable’ had to be cancelled and fresh ones issued as a result of his decision as such. The practice of using such prefixes dates back to British rule in the country, and their usage as such only denotes slavery mode of a system. The need is actually to abolish also the other address like ‘Me Lord’ commonly used in courts. To call the great personalities or celebrities as ‘Sir’ or, say ‘respected Sir’, should be enough, and any thing beyond that sounds as flattery in a free nation like ours. Different languages used in the country are sumptuously rich in necessary vocabulary to express respect for those who are much senior in their status and position, and this factor takes full care of showing ample regards to the dignitaries concerned.

At the initial level of my career in State Bank, I worked as a stenographer/ typist to the local Agent (later Branch Manager) at Bahraich (U.P.), and the letters I prepared for the Head Office at Kolkata included at times the ones emanating from the table of ‘Bada Babu’ (later Senior Assistant), one M.N. Sheorey. All his letters invariably and without fail started with opening lines as ‘I beg to advise’, which I took as too irritating to me for the reason that the very word ‘beg’ sounded to me as something like a ‘begging’, which obviously was as such only because those were the days when Britishers legacy of a style royal and imperialistic in nature still worked. I used to correct those letters while typing them out, and it was not at all liked by the ‘Bada Babu’. He had so much of a fixed mind on it that it took me several weeks to prevail upon him to correct himself. Because he inherited such a style of ‘I beg to advise’ from his predecessors, he felt as if nothing can move in any letter without using a ritualistic word like ‘beg’. There might be still some addresses obtaining on the old Britishers pattern, and the call of the day is that all such things, which sound imperialistic, must be removed. We are thankful to our President of India for taking necessary lead in the matter.

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Author: neelkanth

Certainly not a celebrity but do have inquisitiveness to know things, realise them and live them to the extent possible. My interest in History, Art of Living and behavioural science is an element that inspires me.Am a poet,an author,a consultant, an advisor on computers and behavioural science.Served as Director in Central Board of State Bank of India.Remained associated with trade union activities and industrial relations as President,All India State Bank of India Staff Federation.Led a delegation on computers to several countries abroad number of times as from State Bank of India/ Banking Industry. Was twice accorded with NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE by All India Freelance Journalists Association, Chennai (India). My email address is: neelkanthshahi@gmail.com

11 thoughts on “Welcome to Royal prefixes being now done away with:”

  1. All the words used in time of Britishers legacy should be totally abolished ,as these words shows we have not come out of slavery mentality .Which is still deep rooted.. The step of president is appreciable.

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  2. THIS IS REALLY A VERY WISE AND WELCOME DECISION TAKEN BY SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE, PRESIDENT OF INDIA TO DO AWAY WITH ROYAL PREFIXES , BEING IN PRACTICE SINCE THE DAYS OF BRITISH RULE IN THE COUNTRY, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. ONLY A MATURED AND SEASONED LEADER OF THE CALIBER OF SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE COULD HAVE TAKEN SUCH A BOLD DECISION. YOU HAVE VERY RIGHTLY SAID THAT ALL SUCH THINGS, WHICH SOUND IMPERIALISTIC, MUST BE REMOVED.

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  3. I liked more the Memoir. Pranab Mukerjee – Okay. He might be feeling embarassed by Sonia Ma’m calling him Maha Mahim. So he done away with. After all his son is in queue.

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  4. Sir, it is a good beginning if done with clear heart. Many more changes are required to percolate the spirit of freedom for common Indian. I don’t know exactly but I am told that whenever the President goes out of the capital his car and chair is airlifted to that place one or two days before. Roads are blocked for hours whenever any VVIP passes on that way causing misery to common man.
    Further it was your instinct which dared to amend the letters adders d to hi-ups of SBI at that time. You brought radical changes and proved the principle of ‘Right is might’. The ‘Respected Sir’ of common men of State Bank Of India prevailed over the mighty management of SBI for the decades. As you are always for a change Sir

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    1. You are every inch correct in your views expressed in your comment. I do like it. Your comments are always quite meaningful and that is certainly a matter of appreciation. This equally applies to all the other comments of yours. My sincere thanks.

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