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Change 'India' to 'Bharat' to remove Colonial Hangover: Plea in Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 30 May 2020 3:23pm

Change 'India' to 'Bharat' to remove Colonial Hangover: Plea in Supreme Court

On Friday, 29th May,2020 , the Supreme Court of India adjourned the hearing of a plea seeking an amendment to Article 1 of the Constitution of India to the extent of changing  the name of India to "Bharat".

Justice AS Bopanna & Justice Hrishikesh Roy adjourned the hearing until 2nd June on the grounds that Chief Justice SA Bobde was unavailable.

Namaha, an individual, had pleaded that the country should be recognized and known by its "original" and "authentic name" Bharat. The petition was filed through Advocate Raj Kishor Chaudhary.

The petitioner has confirmed that the amendment to Article 1 shall ensure that the citizens of that country pass through their colonial past as the "removal of the English name" instils a sense of nationalistic passion.

According to excerpt(s) from the plea, “The time is ripe to recognise the country by its original and authentic name, i.e. BHARAT; especially when our cities have been renamed to identify with the Indian ethos.... In fact the word India being replaced with BHARAT would justify the hard fought freedom by our ancestors.”

The Petitioner says that there has been a failure on the part of the Union of India to remove the name "India" which is a "symbol of slavery." He argues that this has caused "injury" to the public resulting in “loss of identity” and ethos as heirs to the hard-won freedom from the British rule.

The petitioner cites the debates of the Constituent Assembly, dated 15 November 1948, as he discusses Article 1 of the draft Constitution, in which Shri M. Ananthasayanam Ayyangar had beaten Seth Govind Das to adopt the names 'Bharat, Bharat Varsha, Hindustan' instead of 'India.'

Accordingly, the petitioner seeks to issue instructions from the Top Court to the Union to take appropriate steps to amend Article 1 of the Constitution to the effect that the same applies to the country as "Bharat".



Tagged: Colonial Hangover   Supreme Court   India   Bharat   Constitution of India   Justice AS Bopanna   Justice Hrishikesh Roy   Chief Justice SA Bobde   Advocate Raj Kishor Chaudhary  
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R N Moudgil   31 May 2020 11:01am
'Bharat' is the name given with a reason in that it is after the name of a great benevolent Ruler of this august country. As such it can be said to be meaningful and scientific. India does not signify any such thing and is meaningless. The proposed change is a correct approach.
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Misria   31 May 2020 12:43am
Can I find the plea online or through any other means?
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Misria   31 May 2020 12:42am
Can I find the plea online or through any other means?
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Misria   31 May 2020 12:42am
Can I find the plea online or through any other means?
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Misria   31 May 2020 12:42am
Can I find the plea online or through any other means?
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Misria   31 May 2020 12:42am
Can I find the plea online or through any other means?
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Misria   31 May 2020 12:41am
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