A man has filed a petition to the supreme court urging the nation’s apex jurisdiction body to ensure India is known by one synonym only.
The man notes currently there is more than one official name for India that is seen on different documents, ANI reports.
For instance, driving license states India as ‘Union of India’ and the Aadhar card calls India as ‘Bharat Sarkar.’ While on passports it is written ‘The Republic of India.’
The petitioner, Namah, told ANI that he filed the case to the supreme court in February this year, and is scheduled for hearing tomorrow, which is June 2.
India is often called by multiple names outside official documents like Bharat, Hindustan, Ganarajya, among others.
But Twitter was quick to point out that there are far more important things to care for, in the middle of a Pandemic. Also joining the conversation was infamous journalist Arnab Goswami. He opined: “India Bharat Hindustan. There should be one official name, which is “Bharat” on every single government document.”
Time bohot hai ispe. Daring karna tha isko kuch— vman (@Varunatorr) May 31, 2020
As Shakespeare said “what’s in a name”, be it Bharat or India, it doesn’t make any difference, one thing remains the same and that is love for our country ❤️ changing name doesn’t make it a superpower. There are N number of important pending petitions to solve.— Deepthi #StayHomeStaySafe 🌹 (@DeepRK994) May 31, 2020
Heavy cost should be imposed on this man minimum 5 lakhs for wasting courts time during a pandemic! Such frivolous petitions and petitioners should not be given the attention by media houses as well. As it a similar petition previously has been dismissed by the court— Sai Krishna Kumar (@Krishnauvaccha) May 31, 2020
Inko koi batao ki abhi pandemic chal raha hai— KARTIK (@Kartik_talks) May 31, 2020
Supreme Court can’t change the name of the Country. It is beyond the limit of Supreme Court. The country name can only changed by Parliament of India. Supreme Court must respect the basic feature of Indian Constitution. Executive, Legislative & Judiciary have different powers.— Mobile Judgement (@MobileJudgement) May 31, 2020
The Indian Eponym
The oldest known records of India suggests it was called Meluhha or Mekhkha, traced from the great Indus Valley Civilization. The same name has been found mentioned in Sumerian and Akkadian texts as well. But these names are from time, perhaps India did not look like it is today. We’re referring to geography as well.
A lot of development goes into fruition and widespread use of each eponym of India. At one time the call ‘Bharat’ came into widespread use, at the other ‘India’ was preferred.
Speaking about the name India, it was originally derived from the name of river Sindhu (or Indus). When it comes to India’s official names, Article 1 of The Constitution of India states:
“India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States”
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