India to be renamed as Bharat in global footprint!

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As far as I am concerned, Bharat would probably signify the ancient, culturally rich and vibrant civilisation that gives us the very basic identity and character as a nation. Not forgetting that Bharat was more of a ragtag collection of kingdoms. Very few rulers had the vision to attempt a unification. India, on the other hand, would emote to a more modern existence. A country that is not only vibrant but also an emerging world power in terms of technology and science. Hindustan probably originated sometime around the time when the concept of Pakistan was created. While we in India often use this, I am somewhat surprised to note that in Pakistan today, the common reference is made with the other two names. But in some sense, Hindustan reflects a non-secular tone. That is, in a gist, my take on the three names. The identity nonetheless remains very much the same. A country full of contradictions, chaos, love, hatred, opulence, poverty. And yet the vibrancy and optimism surprise one and all.”

‘Bharat’ comes from Sanskrit and is the most ancient term of the three, with references in the Hindu Puranas and the Mahabharata to ‘Bharatvarsa’ and with a reference to a Bharata tribe in the Rigveda. The Puranas describe ‘Bharat’ as a geographical entity between the Himalayas in the north and the seas in the South, politically divided into various smaller territories, but yet referred to together. The ‘Bharatvarsa’ of the Puranas, thus, contained the same plurality in caste, religion, culture, language and lifestyle, as the ‘Bharat’ of today. This unity in diversity brings to mind the most beautiful interpretation of Bharat that I came across. It derives itself from the name of the dance form ‘Bharatnathyam’ – ‘Bha’ from Bhavam or expression, ‘Ra’ from Ragam or melody, and ‘Ta’ from Thalam or rhythm. This interpretation renders a beautiful imagery of harmonious diversity, offering a glimpse of what ‘Bharatvarsa’ might have meant to people in ancient times.

Jai Hind..Jai Bharat!!

Bharat Mata ki Jai !!

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