Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questions Centre: “Will you stop saying ‘Startup India’ in the India vs Bharat dispute?”

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury criticized the BJP-led central government on Tuesday, expressing concerns about rumors regarding a potential name change for India, which he viewed as the initial step toward amending the country’s Constitution. This controversy emerged amidst speculations that the government was contemplating proposing a change in the country’s name from India to ‘Bharat.’

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During an interview with ANI, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated, “The BJP appears to be apprehensive of the term ‘India’ ever since the formation of the Opposition bloc – the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance. If the government has an issue with British colonial influences, they should promptly relinquish the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which formerly served as the Viceroy’s residence.”

He continued, “Why haven’t they used ‘Mahamahim of Bharat’ instead of ‘President of Bharat’? Since the formation of the INDIA bloc, the Prime Minister’s aversion to ‘INDIA’ seems to have intensified. We don’t have any objections to the term ‘Bharat.’ My suggestion is that they should begin by altering the term ‘Hindu,’ which was also introduced by foreigners, and ‘India’ was derived from it. There’s no need to attempt a radical transformation.”

A political controversy erupted in India when a G20 dinner invitation was issued in the name of the ‘President of Bharat,’ deviating from the usual ‘President of India.’ This incident raised concerns that a name change for India might be proposed ahead of a special session of Parliament.

However, Union Minister Anurag Thakur clarified that these were merely “rumors,” stating, “I believe these are just rumors circulating. I’d like to emphasize that anyone who objects to the term ‘Bharat’ is revealing their mindset.”

The Opposition coalition, ‘INDIA alliance,’ convened to criticize the government after a government booklet referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘Prime Minister of Bharat’ during his visit to Indonesia for the 20th ASEAN-India Summit.

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