Amid the brewing ‘India vs Bharat’ debate, Assam singer Zubeen Garg said that there was no point in changing the name of India as all three names – India, Bharat, and Hindustan – are synonymously used to define our country.
While speaking to reporters about a new movie he is starring in, Garg was asked about the ongoing ‘India vs Bharat’ debate, to which, he said, “What is the point of changing names? The term ‘India’ cannot be simply erased from history.”
“The names – India, Bharat, and Hindustan – are synonymously used to define our country and people will continue to use these names,” he asserted.
The debate took center stage earlier this week after reports emerged that the central government will bring a fresh resolution to rename India as Bharat at the special parliamentary session slated to be held later this month.
According to a report by Times Now, in the upcoming special session of Parliament, the centre will introduce a bill to rename India as ‘Republic of Bharat’.
The national media citing top sources stated that it is likely that the government will table the bill in the session.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also hinted at the same on his twitter post. In his post, he wrote, "REPUBLIC OF BHARAT - happy and proud that our civilisation is marching ahead boldly towards AMRIT KAAL."
It has also come to the fore that the invitations for G20 dinner were sent in the name of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of ‘President of India’. This was confirmed by senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
Taking to ‘X’ platform, the Congress leader said, “So the news is indeed true. Rashtrapati Bhawan has sent out an invite for a G20 dinner on Sept 9th in the name of 'President of Bharat' instead of the usual 'President of India'. Now, Article 1 in the Constitution can read: “Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States.” But now even this “Union of States” is under assault.”
In another post, Jairam continued, “Mr. Modi can continue to distort history and divide India, that is Bharat, that is a Union of States. But we will not be deterred. After all, what is the objective of INDIA parties? It is BHARAT—Bring Harmony, Amity, Reconciliation And Trust. Judega BHARAT Jeetega INDIA!"
Notably, a special five-day session of parliament was convened from September 18 to 22. This was informed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on August 31.