The decision to replace India with Bharat in President Droupadi Murmu’s invitation to world leaders has sparked a significant political debate. In a bold statement amid the Bharat vs. India controversy, the nameplate in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he inaugurated the G20 Summit, read “Bharat.”
This move has also led to speculation that the upcoming special session of Parliament, later this month, may aim to formalize the renaming of India as Bharat. “Bharat” has been featured in a G20 booklet for foreign delegates titled “Bharat, The Mother Of Democracy.”
The booklet states, “Bharat is the official name of the country. It is mentioned in the Constitution as well as in the discussions of 1946-48.” The Opposition has vehemently criticized the central government over this issue, with members of the INDIA bloc alleging that the Narendra Modi government is “distorting history and dividing India.”
In response, BJP leaders have accused the Opposition of being anti-national and anti-constitutional, emphasizing Article 1 of the Constitution. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has lauded the decision to use ‘Bharat’ as a significant step against the colonial mindset, expressing his pride in this choice.