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"India Is Already Called Bharat In Constitution": SC Refuses to Entertain PIL For Name Change of India to ‘Bharat’

Lawstreet Journal 5 Jun 2020 3:36pm

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The Supreme Court May 03, 2020 has refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation filed for changing the name of India to “Bharat”. The Court had allowed the petition to be treated as representation before the concerned Union ministries.

The matter was heard by full Bench of CJI S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy. The petition was filed by one Namaha on May 29, 2020.

When the Bench asked the petitioner's counsel as to why he had approached the Supreme Court since the Constitution itself says that India is also called Bharat. The Counsel for the petitioner had argued that the name 'India' was derived from the Greek word "Indica” and said that the change in name was sought to the exclusion of "India".

The Supreme Court on June 02, 2020, had adjourned to another day, without giving any date, a Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to the Centre Government to amend the Constitution and replace the word ‘India’ with 'Bharat' claiming it will "instill a sense of pride in our nationality."

The petitioner has claimed in his petition that this change of name will help the citizens of the country get over the colonial past and instill a sense of pride in their nationality.

The petitioner also argued that the time is ripe to recognize the country by its original and authentic name, Bharat, especially when the cities have been renamed in accordance with Indian ethos. NDA government has changed names of few cities like Gurgaon to Gurugram in 2016, Allahabad to… Continue Reading...


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