Kerala: Pakistanmukku name change on cards

The village got its name in the 1950s when a bus driver after seeing a group of Muslim men there said that the place feels like Pakistan.

Published: 14th April 2019 02:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2019 02:14 AM   |  A+A-

Pakistanmukku near Mithrumala in Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram

Pakistanmukku near Mithrumala in Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram | Express

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Though the name Pakistanmukku has not evoked any issues among them, the residents of this small village near Mithrumala in Kallara grama panchayat are planning to change the name. The reason, according to the locals and  citizens’ collective here, is the mention of the locality’s name, while getting immigration clearance, passport stamping and  registering title deeds, evokes a quizzical expression in some quarters. 

“The name Pakistanmukku was given by a bus driver in the 1950s. It was Neelakanda Pillai,  driver of RKV Bus, who gave the name. There was a mosque at this place and whenever the bus reached there, there will be a group of Muslim men waiting there, to board the bus.

Pillai used to laugh, saying,  ‘It seems we have reached Pakistan. That is how  Nirvathumukku was became  Pakistanmukku,” recalls  Pushaparajan, who runs a shop at Pakistanmukku. Pakistanmukku is spread across Mithrumala, Kurichilakkad and Aruvippuram wards which account for over 1,000 voters. 


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