Why can't our country be named “Bharat” over “India” ?
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Well !!! this should appear to be quite alarming, but given a serious thought over the existence of two name of our country, the name "Bharat" gives us retention as our own & our original being, over some english translated name meant for convenience of foreigners in the past as "India"..
How many countries have two names, one constitutionally documented and another probably an English translation for people who cannot pronounce it?
People speaking English or any other European language often have a problem pronouncing eastern names. So in the past they would change names according to their convenience, and we blindly accept those.
The name "India" came from the name Indus or the Sindhu river. When Europeans arrived in India they could spell Hindustan or Bharat. Hence, they named the land as the land of Indus. Thus, it got its name "India". The name is derived from the name of the Indus, or Sindhu River, and has been in use in Greek since Herodotus (4th century BC).
We operate with two names, the original name Bharat, and the given name, India. The invaders of Bharat who came up to the river Sindhu somehow managed to pronounce Sindhu as Hindu, and then Indus. And finally India is stuck on us for centuries now.
Historians should give a satisfactory explanation for the evolution of this name ‘India’, or trace its origin.
Even, in our national anthem on several instances the nation has been referred to as "Bharat" or (Bharat bharat bhagya vidhata) rather using "India" or (India bhagya vidhata).
Our Constitution included the name India and liberally allowed everyone to use it even after attaining Independence from foreign invaders. The first article of the Constitution of India states that "India, that is Bharat, shall be a union of states," implicitly codifying India and Bharat as equally official short names for the Republic of India.
When we speak in our regional languages or Rashtra bhasha, we proudly use name "Bharata Varsh" "Bharat" or "Bharata Matha" or "Bharat Wasi". But while addressing the nation in English, people refer to it as "India", like a translation for the original name.
- Why “Bharat” & not "India" ?????,
- Bharat comes from bha – ra – ta. "Bha" means sensation (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching are different types of sensations), out of which emotion arises. "Ra" means raga or the tune. Now you have to find the rhythm, which is the tala, "Ta" is tala the rhythm. Instead of using "India" which appears or seems to be derived from the word "Indus" and has no sensuous meaning.
Note: Source of the above information is derived from various studies of articles, blogs, books and other references.
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