Well, there are some who want it to be changed to Bhagyanagar as an ode to the love story of Quli Qutub Shah and Bhagmati. At the same time, there are many who want to retain the name of Hyderabad. Obviously, generations of people grew up with the name, and a sudden change would not go down well with a majority.
Of late, some political parties have been demanding that the name of Hyderabad be changed to Bhagyanagar. Those who want it insist that it sounds more cosmopolitan, more relevant to the history of the city. But those wanting the name to be changed to Bhagyanagar are playing on the emotional card, saying that it will immortalize the love story between a young Quli Qutb Shah and his local girl lover Bhagmati.
But then, there are others who always find a way to bring up points that are not exactly popular as far as historical lore is concerned. Right now, there is one such predicament. At a press conference titled 'Hyderabad Forever – Truth Vs. Myth,' a member of Deccan Heritage Trust, Captain L Panduranga Reddy, put forth an argument that is totally different. His arguments are based on some books, and he insists that all the romanticism attached to the story of Bhagmati and Quli Qutb Shah's love story must be brushed aside, and facts need to be considered.
According to his argument, Hyderabad was the name used for the city of pearls through centuries and during the rule of Qutb Shahi, Mughal, and Asif Jahi dynasties. His arguments are based on the book titled History of Medieval Deccan (1295-1724) under the authority of the erstwhile government of Andhra Pradesh in 1973. He further pushes the stance that Bhagmati was nowhere mentioned in history books. He maintains that there is no proof showing Bhagmati was Quli Qutb Shah's favorite queen who was conferred with the title of Hyder Mahal.
Well, and so the argument continues...