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Bharat, You Say? Looking For Clues At The G20 If India Is Really Changing Its Name

One official invitation and two booklets, issued ahead of the G20 meeting in New Delhi, refer to India as "Bharat" — a word with a long history of political, etymological and religious significance. But there is little clarity as to which name should be used in English.

NEW DELHI — Ahead of the G20 summit, the Indian government has released two booklets: “Bharat: The Mother of Democracy” and “Elections in India,” tracing the roots of Indian democracy from 6,000 BCE — and stating at the outset that “Bharat is the official name of the country.”

The issuing of the booklets comes just days after a G20 dinner invitation referred to Droupadi Murmu as the “President of Bharat” as opposed to “President of India,” drawing ire from opposition parties.

The first booklet traces democracy in the country through the "Sindhu-Saraswati civilisation" the Ramayana and Maha bharata (with Bharat root) epics, the rule of Ashoka, Akbar, the Cholas and the Vijayanagar empire, as well as the teachings of Kautilya and Megasthenes among others; the second compares the conduct of elections in India from the first general elections in 1951-52 to the latest one in 2019.

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