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A person named Namah, who lives in Delhi, has filed this petition. He says that the English name of the country should be changed from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’. Namah has demanded a change in Article 1 of the Constitution in which the country was named INDIA in English and India in Hindi.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that a plea to change India’s name exclusively to ‘Bharat’ be converted into a representation and forwarded to the Union government for an appropriate decision.

“Bharat and India are both names given in the Constitution. India is already called ‘Bharat’ in the Constitution”, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde orally said in a virtual court hearing. The name Bharat is mentioned in the constitution.

The petitioner said that India is always spoken, which is a Greek word. We can give memorandum to the government.

A case has come before the Supreme Court, in which a demand has been made to decide the name of the country. A person named Namah, who lives in Delhi, has filed this petition. He says that the English name of the country should be changed from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’. Namah has demanded a change in Article 1 of the Constitution in which the country was named INDIA in English and India in Hindi.

The petitioner has said that India’s name should be one. There are many names like Republic of India, Bharat,
etc. There should not be so many names. We do not know what to say. Different papers have different names. Aadhaar card reads’ Government of India ‘,’ Union of India on driving license, ‘Republic of India’ on passports, this causes confusion. This is a time of unity. Everyone should know the name of the country.

On 15 November 1948, M. Ananthasayanam Iyengar and Seth Govind Das, while arguing on the draft Article 1 of the Constitution, strongly opposed the name of India in English. He suggested the names Bharat, Bharatvarsha and Hindustan in English instead of India. But that time was unnoticed.

The petitioner says that the word India signifies slavery and it is a sign of India’s slavery. Therefore, Bharat should be used instead of this word.

The petition claimed that the words ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’ evoke a sense of pride towards our nationality. The petition requested the government to take appropriate steps to amend Article 1 of the Constitution by removing the word ‘India’ and directing the country to say ‘India’ or ‘Hindustan’. This article is related to the name of this republic.

In 2016, the top court dismissed a petition. The then Chief Justice TS Thakur had said that every Indian has the right to take the name of the country as per his choice, whether he says ‘India’ or ‘Bharat’. The Supreme Court has no right to decide for this. He had said, ‘If someone wants to say India, then say India, and if India wants to say India, the name of the country should say India. We will not interfere in this.

The name ‘India’ was also opposed in the 1948 Constituent Assembly a year after independence.

According to the petitioner Namah, the British used to call slaves Indian. He named the country India in English. On 15 November 1948, M. Ananthasayanam Iyengar and Seth Govind Das, while arguing on the draft Article 1 of the Constitution, strongly opposed the name of India in English. He suggested the names Bharat, Bharatvarsha and Hindustan in English instead of India. But that time was unnoticed. Now the court should direct the Central Government to rectify this mistake.

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