The controversy that had earlier surfaced up regarding the use of ‘Bharat’ in place of ‘India’ has reached a notch higher as of now. It is reported , the term ‘Bharat’ replaced ‘India’ on all the invitation letter for the G20 banquet, and now it has also been used on the identity cards of Indian delegates and officials taking part in the G20 Summit. On these identity cards, ‘Bharat Official’ has replaced ‘Indian Official,’ aligning with the change in nomenclature.
As of now, the term ‘India’ is found to be still constantly used in the G20 booklet issued to foreign representatives. This 40-page booklet, distributed at the summit, employs the previous ‘India’ designation. The topic surged up again and gained prominence after an invitation letter for the G20 event was seen last Tuesday, where the title ‘President of India’ was surprisingly replaced with ‘President of Bharat.’ This sudden shift led to a heated discussion, with Congress leader Jairam Ramesh highlighting the alteration. He also informed that the customary ‘President of India’ had been replaced with ‘President of Bharat,’ effectively removing the term ‘India’ from the official title.Meanwhile, as these discussions continue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impending visit to Indonesia has become part of the talk worldwide. A note shared recently on social media by a revered BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra indicated the visit maintains the traditional ‘The Prime Minister of India’ designation.
The change from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’ in the official documents remains a topic for debates pointing out the sheer significance of this linguistic shift and its repercussions on the country’s identity. Now it remains to be seen how this new change in the names may shape all the future discussions in the political arena and also among the people of India.