Controversy arises over renaming INDIA to BHARAT as G20 dinner invite stirs political response from Congress.

In a recent critique of the BJP-led central government, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh voiced his concerns on Tuesday. He claimed that the invitations to a G20 summit dinner, which was set to take place at Rashtrapati Bhawan, had been inscribed with ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the customary ‘President of India’.

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Jairam Ramesh expressed this concern on a social media platform (formerly Twitter) by stating, “Rashtrapati Bhawan has sent out an invite for a G20 dinner on Sept 9th in the name of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the usual ‘President of India’.”

Furthermore, Ramesh highlighted the potential constitutional ramifications of such a change, saying, “Now, Article 1 in the Constitution can read: ‘Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States. But now even this ‘Union of States’ is under assault.”

The G20 Summit was scheduled to be held in the national capital from September 9 to 10 under India’s presidency, with the participation of numerous heads of state, including US President Joe Biden.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jairam Ramesh criticized, “Mr. Modi can continue to distort history and divide India, that is Bharat, that is a Union of States. But we will not be deterred.”

He concluded by emphasizing the shared objectives of Indian political parties, stating, “After all, what is the objective of INDIA parties? It is BHARAT—Bring Harmony, Amity, Reconciliation And Trust. Judega BHARAT! Jeetega INDIA!”

Additionally, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed his contentment with the name ‘REPUBLIC OF BHARAT’ and celebrated the progress of Indian civilization towards ‘AMRIT KAAL’.

Meanwhile, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh made allegations that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), led by Mohan Bhagwat, intends to amend the country’s Constitution by eliminating the word ‘India’ and replacing it with ‘Bharat’. He referred to Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar’s inclusion of “India That Is Bharat” in the Constitution and questioned why figures like Modi and the RSS had such reservations towards Ambedkar.

These concerns emerged following Mohan Bhagwat’s recent statement advocating for the use of the name “Bharat” in place of “India” and urging people to adopt this nomenclature.

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