Attempts to change the name of Shakuni Lake in Madaripur: Locals are reluctant to accept it. Their demand is unreasonable. There has been widespread outrage among the people of Madaripur for taking this initiative without offering any proper explanation as to whether there is any need to change the name or keeping the whole matter a secret. The idea is that a circle close to and benefiting from the district administration may have fueled the name change. In that case, there are rumors that the whole individual interest or group interest is the main reason for this name change effort. The name of the lake is Shakuni Lake since its birth. The lake has been known as Shakuni Lake since the beginning of the excavation period as it is located in a vulture mouza which is more than a hundred years old and no objection or controversy has been observed among the people of Madaripur for generations. According to historians, the century-old Madaripur town was washed away by the Arial Khan River and the then British administration dug the lake in 1943 and set up a new town around it. In the 1940s, the then British administration hired 2,000 workers from Bihar and Orissa in India to dig the 20-acre lake due to a shortage of pottery workers in the region. Excavation of the lake was completed in nine months. It is known as the longest lake in the region. Located in the heart of Madaripur district headquarters, the lake has an area of 1,01,162 square meters, a length of 48 meters and a width of 198 meters. In 175, the existence of Shakuni Mouza was found in the land deeds. As it is located in Shakuni Mouza, the lake is naturally named as Shakuni Lake. For generations after that, the lake became a hub for locals’ entertainment, social activities and tranquility.
When the lake needed to be renovated in the last decade, the renovation and beautification work of the lake was completed in 2013 at a cost of Tk 22 crore. As a result, the lake is surrounded by Bangabandhu Mural, Shaheed Kanan, Shishu Park, Swadhinata Angan, Amphitheater Mancha, Paka Ghat, Watch Tower and other attractions. The recent controversy over the name change of the lake has led some to speculate that some people have suggested changing the name for personal gain or to be close to a particular person. It is learned that the proposal was initiated in a meeting during the tenure of former deputy commissioner of Madaripur Kamal Uddin Biswas. Most of the dignitaries present at the meeting spoke in favor of not changing the name. He postponed the discussion for a long time because of that. However, at the end of his working day, the recently departed Deputy Commissioner instructed to rename Shakuni Lake as DC Lake. As a result, there was constant resentment among the people of Madaripur. Conscious quarters have become increasingly vocal against this name change effort. The storm of protest started when many people started giving their views on social media.