Modi Govt Decides to Officially Change India’s Name to Bharat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has changed “India” to “Bharat” on G20 dinner invites in an unexpected move. This move aligns with the Hindu nationalist party’s goal of cleansing “India” of its colonial heritage.
In the invitation, Indian President Droupadi Murmu is now called the “President of Bharat.” While India has officially two names, “India” and “Bharat,”. The former name is more widely used.
The word “Bharat” is a Sanskrit word that different historians believe the word originates from old Hindi texts. The meaning of “Bharat” is also in India in the Hindi language.
Officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) fully supported this nomenclature name. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi belongs to the same nationalist party. They believe the name “India” is a symbol of slavery. Because the British ruled over India for 200 years ago till the Indians gained independence in 1947.
BJP supports the proposal, stating that the word “India” represents colonialism. This decision is part of a more significant attempt to remove names associated with India’s colonial and Mughal histories.
Opposition parties say both names have historical value and that rebranding might harm India’s international standing.
The action comes after tensions over the absence of Chinese and Russian presidents at the G20 conference, which raised doubts about the government’s objectives.
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