In recent times, there has been a significant discussion and debate surrounding the possible alteration of the nomenclature used to refer to India as ‘Bharat.’ As the G20 Summit draws closer, there are various updates and discussions regarding this potential change.
Controversy Behind India Rename Bharat
The change in the nomenclature is also associated with the G20 Summit because the G20 Booklet for the foreign delegates is also titled “Bharat, The Mother Of Democracy”. The booklet emphasizes that “Bharat” serves as the official designation for the country, a title established within the Indian Constitution and reinforced through discussions that took place during the years 1946-48. As per the recent reports, it is also expected that the ruling party can bring resolutions and bills regarding the same in the parliament.
Let’s discuss some of the points below that justify the Controversy behind India being renamed as Bharat.
- The identity cards issued to the Indian Officials for G20 Summit will also mention ‘Bharat-Officials.’
- The Dinner Invitation Card sent to the foreign officials by President Draupadi Murmu also addresses her as ‘President Of Bharat’.
India v/s Bharat
The history of the word ‘Bharat’, or ‘Bharatvarsha’ is traced back to Puranic literature, and to the epic Mahabharata. In the Puranas, Bharata is described as the land between the sea in the south and the abode of snow in the north. Taking from the Constitution aspect, there is a huge chaos behind the change of the name of the country. This speculation arises despite Article 1 of the Constitution, which employs both names interchangeably, stating, “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.”
Political Controversy Behind India Rename Bharat
Political voices have been coming up with this controversy of changing the name of the nation from Indian to Bharat. As BJP leaders are in support of the decision, the opposition leaders are coming up with statements such as:
- Whether the ruling party would change the country’s name to ‘BJP’ if the opposition alliance decided to call itself “Bharat”.
- “While there is no constitutional objection to calling India ‘Bharat’, which is one of the country’s two official names, I hope the government will not be so foolish as to completely dispense with ‘India’, which has incalculable brand value built up over centuries,” Shashi Tharoor, a lawmaker for the Indian National Congress party, tweeted.
After all this Chaos, there is no official announcement made regarding the change in the nomenclature. Keep visiting SSCADDA for the latest updates!!