“Renaming Controversy Explained in 10 Points: India to be Called Bharat?”

There are reports indicating that the government might propose a resolution to rename India as Bharat during the upcoming special session of parliament, which spans five days later this month, beginning on September 18.

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The use of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the customary ‘President of India’ on official G20 Summit invitations has generated considerable attention, particularly in the lead-up to the special parliamentary session, fueling political debates.

Here are the top 10 updates on this significant development:

The term “Bharat” has been featured in a G20 booklet intended for foreign delegates titled “Bharat, The Mother Of Democracy.” The booklet asserts that “Bharat” is the official name of the country, referencing its inclusion in the Constitution and discussions from 1946-48.

This shift in nomenclature on the international stage is noteworthy as the country prepares to host prominent world leaders such as US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also shared a document referring to the PM as the “Prime Minister of Bharat” during his visit to Indonesia. Identity cards for Indian officials at the G20 Summit on September 9 and 10 will also reflect this change to ‘Bharat – Official.’

Reports suggest that the government may introduce a resolution to change the country’s name during the upcoming five-day special parliamentary session, commencing on September 18. The absence of an official agenda announcement has added to the speculation.

The move has elicited strong criticism from the Opposition, particularly the members of the Opposition INDIA bloc, who accuse the Narendra Modi government of “distorting history and dividing India.” AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal even questioned if the ruling party would rename the country ‘BJP’ if the opposition alliance adopted the name “Bharat.”

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar asserted that changing the country’s name is not within anyone’s purview, stating that he fails to understand why the ruling party is concerned about a name (INDIA bloc) related to the country.

On the other hand, BJP leaders have embraced the “Bharat” nomenclature and accused the Opposition of being anti-national and anti-constitutional. They argue that the term “Bharat” is enshrined in Article 1 of the Constitution, which states, “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan viewed the decision to use ‘Bharat’ as a significant statement against colonial thinking, expressing satisfaction in the move and emphasizing the pride in “Bharat.”

The controversy emerged shortly after the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP’s ideological mentor, advocated for the abandonment of “India” in favor of “Bharat.” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat urged the country to exclusively use “Bharat” in both spoken and written contexts, emphasizing its universal applicability.

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