India, that is Bharat: A short history of the nation’s names, from the Rig Veda to the Constitution of India

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People are talking about changing India’s name to Bharat, even though our Constitution uses both names interchangeably. For example, it says, “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.”

Why are they thinking about this change? Well, some people believe that using the name “India” reminds us of the time when British colonizers ruled our country, and they don’t like that. They want to use “Bharat” to connect with our ancient culture and history.

So, where does the name ‘Bharat’ come from? It’s an old name found in our ancient stories like the Mahabharata. It represents not just a place on the map but also our culture and traditions.

‘India’ and ‘Hindustan’ are other names that have been used. “Hindustan” comes from “Hindu,” which was used a long time ago. “India” came from “Indus,” a river, and was used when people from other countries started coming here.

How did ‘Bharat’ and ‘India’ end up in our Constitution? When our leaders were writing the Constitution, they debated about the name. Some wanted only “Bharat,” while others wanted both “Bharat” and “India.”

What will be the end?

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