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Will soon refer to India as “Bharat”? commotion following the president’s invitation to the G20 dinner

By Sep 5, 2023
'Bharat' to replace 'India' as the country's name soon? buzz following the president's invitation to the G20 dinner'Bharat' to replace 'India' as the country's name soon? buzz following the president's invitation to the G20 dinner

Dharmendra Pradhan, a union minister, posted a screenshot of the President’s invitation to the G20 dinner, which said “Republic of Bharat.”

Will our country’s name, “India,” be changed to “Bharat”? An image of a G20 dinner invitation signed in the name of the ‘President of Bharat’ rather than the traditional ‘President of India’ has gone viral, stoking speculation that the Narendra Modi administration is considering altering its name.

The invitation has drawn criticism from the opposition parties, notably the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. The grand old party has even gone so far as to charge the current administration with attempting to fabricate historical events out of concern for the recently formed I.N.D.I.A. coalition.

Prior to the special session of parliament, which has already sparked a great deal of speculation about what will be on the agenda, there has been controversy surrounding the G20 dinner invitation.

Cong criticizes the “Republic of Bharat” invitation to the G20

A number of Congressmen, including Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal, Manish Tewari, and Shashi Tharoor, used the social media site X (previously Twitter) to challenge the Modi administration over a country’s rumored name change.

“So the report is accurate. Instead of using the customary ‘President of India’ moniker, Rashtrapati Bhawan invited a G20 luncheon on September 9th in the name of the ‘President of Bharat’. Article 1 of the Constitution could now be changed to read: “Bharat, which was India, shall be a Union of States.” However, according to a post by Congress general secretary in charge of communications Jairam Ramesh, even this “Union of States” is currently under attack.

KC Venugopal, a member of Ramesh’s party and the general secretary of the AICC, also criticized the BJP. “The divisive mind of the BJP can only consider how to split people. They are causing a divide between Indians and Bharatiyas once more. Unambiguously, we are the same. India, or Bharat, should be a Union of States, as stated in Article 1. They are afraid of India, so this is just petty politics. Try your best, Modi ji. “Jeedega India, Judega Bharat!”

Shashi Tharoor, a Congressman, suggested using both “India” and “Bharat.” “While using “Bharat,” one of the nation’s two official names, is constitutionally permissible, I hope the government would not be so foolish as to fully abandon “India,” which has immeasurable brand value accumulated over generations. We should continue to use both words rather than give up our claim to a name that is evocative of history and is well-known throughout the world,” he wrote in a post on X.

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