Indian media have reported that the country’s government is preparing to change the country’s name from India to “Bharat”.
According to these reports, the name change of India is going to be discussed and announced soon in the special session of the Parliament which will be held on September 18.
Indian media, quoting their sources, have announced that Draupadi Murmu, the President of India, used the name “President of Bharat’ instead of the usual ‘President of India” on the letterhead of the invitations he sent to the leaders of the G20, which is a significant change in Naming is on the international stage.
Notably, this is the first time that India has sent an invitation using “Bharat” and not “India”.
The G20 summit will be held next week on September 9 and 10 in New Delhi, hosted by the Indian government.
“The British changed Bharat’s name to India. Under Article 1, the Constitution states: ‘India, that is Bharat’. Our country has been known by the name ‘Bharat’ for thousands of years… it is this country’s ancient name and is found in ancient Sanskrit texts. The name ‘India’ was given by the colonial Raj and is thus a symbol of slavery. The name India should be removed from the Constitution,” ANI had quoted the Rajya Sabha MP as saying.
Also, Based on the “India Today” report, in the booklet prepared for the G20 meeting and provided to the representatives of the countries, “Bharat” was used instead of India under the title “Bharat, Mother of Democracy”.
According to this Indian television, the name Bharat emphasizes the “democratic morality of the thousand years”.
It is noteworthy that Article 1 of the Constitution of India states that “Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States.