The invitation to G20 foreign leaders and Chief Ministers for a dinner on September 9 states “President of Bharat” rather than “President of India.”
New Delhi: A change from “India” to “Bharat” on President Droupadi Murmu’s G20 invitations to international leaders today sparked outrage, with the opposition accusing the ruling BJP of rebranding the country for political gain.
For the first time, formal invitations to heads of state for a banquet on September 9 in Delhi are being issued by the “President of Bharat” rather than the conventional “President of India.”
This is a significant shift in international terminology as the country prepares to host US Vice President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and other world leaders.
The opposition organised a series of meetings amid the hype over the country’s name change and the prospect of the administration cementing the move in parliament during the five-day special session beginning September 18. The opposition’s leaders refuted claims that they would skip the session.
In the face of astonishment and criticism, BJP officials pointed out that the name “Bharat” appears in Article 1 of the Constitution, which states that “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.”
Opposition parties connected the government’s action to the name of its 2024 challenger to the BJP, INDIA, or Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance. INDIA alliance leaders met at the residence of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge to discuss strategy.
The India vs Bharat issue erupted in July, when the opposition alliance chose the moniker INDIA.
The “Bharat” nomenclature received praise by BJP leaders.
“This should have happened a long time ago.” This provides the mind a lot of delight. ‘Bharat’ is our first name. We are quite proud of it. The President has prioritized ‘Bharat’. “This is the most significant statement to emerge from the colonial mindset,” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, questioned whether the administration would alter the country’s name again if the opposition alliance renamed itself “Bharat” instead of INDIA.
“What is going on?” This is claimed to be done because we have created an alliance called INDIA… The country belongs to its 140 million citizens, not to a single political party. “Will they change the name of Bharat if the INDIA alliance rechristens itself Bharat?” said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chairman.
Mr. Kejriwal claimed that the BJP was resorting to such tactics in order to avoid losing power.
“…It has only been a few weeks since we named our alliance INDIA, and the BJP has started sending invitations with ‘Republic of Bharat’ instead of ‘Republic of India,'” RJD leader Manoj Jha remarked. Article 1 of the Constitution states, ‘India that is Bharat’. You will not be able to remove India from us or Bharat.”