New Delhi: On Saturday, as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the opening speech at the G20 Summit held at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi, the nameplate placed in front of Modi bore the label Bharat instead of India.
This decision to replace “India” with “Bharat” in the invitation to world leaders by president Droupadi Murmu has ignited a political dispute.
Furthermore, there is speculation that the upcoming special session of parliament later this month aims to formalise this initiative to rename “India” as “Bharat.”
The term “Bharat” has also been used 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, as indicated in the constitution and discussions from 1946-48.
The Opposition has launched a harsh critique of the central government on this matter, with members of the “INDIA” bloc alleging that the Modi government is altering history and fostering division within the country.