Bharat or India? The Name Game That’s Shaking Up Global Summits!

Bharat – India’s other name. Screenshot: Reuters – YouTube

The Name’s Bharat… Just Bharat! Remember when James Bond introduced himself as “Bond… James Bond”? Well, India pulled a similar move, but with a twist. At the recent G20 summit, India introduced its leader as the President of “Bharat”. If you’re scratching your head, thinking you missed a geography lesson, fret not! ‘Bharat’ is as Indian as curry and cricket. It’s an ancient Sanskrit term deeply rooted in India’s history and is the name that’s been chilling in the Indian Constitution right next to ‘India’.

A Blast from the Past: Bharat’s Origins

1. Two Names, One Nation: The Indian Constitution casually mentions, “India, that is Bharat,” and goes on to describe it as a “Union of states”. ‘Bharat’ isn’t just a name pulled out of a historical hat. It’s believed to date back to early Hindu texts and even gets a shoutout in the epic Mahabharata. As for ‘India’? It’s been around the block, especially during the British tea parties era, tracing its roots to the river Indus.

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2. G20’s Unexpected Guest: The G20 summit was buzzing, not just about global policies, but about India’s choice of name tags. Referring to President Droupadi Murmu as the “President of Bharat” was like dropping a trivia bomb. And if you’re into famous firsts, here’s one: President Murmu is the first tribal woman and only the second woman to hold India’s… err… Bharat’s top office.

Politics, Names, and a Dash of Drama

1. BJP’s Nostalgia Trip: Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP is on a mission to embrace the historic name. Why? Some in the party feel ‘India’ is so last century, a “symbol of slavery” from the British era. They’re all about celebrating India’s Hindu past and giving colonial or Mughal names the boot. History facts: The Mughals were the Muslim dynasty that ruled most of India for over 300 years until the 19th century. The British took over around 1850 and stayed until India’s independence in 1947.

2. The Opposition’s Two Cents: While the opposition parties are cool with ‘Bharat’, they’re not ready to ghost ‘India’ just yet. It’s like ditching your childhood nickname; it has too much history.

3. The Plot Thickens: As if the name game wasn’t spicy enough, the BJP’s emphasis on the historic name coincides with the birth of an opposition alliance named “INDIA”. Coincidence? We think not!

So, the next time you’re at a trivia night, and someone asks about India’s name change, you can drop these facts like they’re hot. And remember, it’s not just about names; it’s about history, politics, and a whole lot of drama!

India Quiz 2023

Now that you know all the facts about India’s other name, how about a news quiz?

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8 Quick Multiple-choice general knowledge questions about India, its history, and current events. No time-limit. How smart are you today?

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1. In a recent dinner invitation, which country RSVPed as “Bharat” instead of its usual English moniker?

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2. The Indian Space Research Organisation named their Moon rover something quite profound in Sanskrit. What does “Pragyan” translate to?

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3. Singer Rihanna took to Twitter to ask why aren’t we talking about India’s farmers’ protests. What were they protesting?

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4. What is Diwali?

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5. Why did villagers in Thulasendrapuram, India, passionately support the Biden/Harris campaign for president of the US?

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6. Where do most of the world’s Muslims live?

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7. Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi set a Guinness World Record for the most nationalities in a single yoga lesson?

Screenshot: Narendra Modi – YouTube

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8. What is the Khalistan movement all about?

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