PM Modi urges Council of Ministers to avoid the India vs. Bharat debate.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a Union Council of Ministers meeting in preparation for the forthcoming G20 Summit, scheduled for September 9 and 10 in the national capital. During this meeting, he emphasized that his ministers should refrain from engaging in the debate regarding the possibility of changing India’s name. This debate was sparked by a G20 dinner invitation sent by President Droupadi Murmu, where she was referred to as the ‘President of Bharat’ rather than ‘President of India,’ leading to speculation about a name change agenda in the upcoming Special Session of Parliament.

While Union Minister Anurag Thakur dismissed these speculations as a “rumor,” he criticized the opposition for opposing the name ‘Bharat,’ and there have been no further official statements on the matter.

In the meeting, Prime Minister Modi instructed his ministers to proactively address misinformation and attacks related to matters of faith, emphasizing the need to provide accurate context and to rely on constitutional provisions that prohibit the denigration of any religion.

Additionally, he emphasized that only authorized individuals should speak on behalf of the government at the G20 meeting, and he provided logistical guidance for the ministers attending the dinner on September 9, specifying that they should arrive at the Parliament House complex in their own vehicles and then proceed to the venue by bus.

India is gearing up to host the G20 Summit in New Delhi from September 9 to 10, where world leaders will converge. The summit will take place at the state-of-the-art Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

It’s worth noting that India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1 of the previous year, and the country has hosted about 200 meetings related to the G20 in 60 cities across the nation.

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