Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Challenges BJP: Chowdhury raised concerns over the potential name change’s implications on government initiatives like ‘Khelo India,’ ‘Start-up India,’ and ‘Make in India.’ He asserted, “Will you not say Khelo India, Start-up India, and Make in India from now? We do not have any problem with the word ‘Bharat’
New Delhi, 06 September (City Times) : Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Challenges BJP : Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has criticized the BJP-led central government amid rumors of India’s name change to ‘Bharat.’ He perceives this move as the first step towards altering the country’s constitution. The speculation of renaming India has raised concerns and led to a political debate.
Opposition Concerns Over Potential Name Change
Addressing the issue, Chowdhury expressed his views to ANI, stating, “BJP is scared of the word India since the Opposition bloc – Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance was formed. The government should immediately abandon the President’s House if they have a problem with British rule.” He questioned the use of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of ‘President of India’ and suggested that the government should clarify its stance.
Chowdhury’s Call for Clarity
Chowdhury raised concerns over the potential name change’s implications on government initiatives like ‘Khelo India,’ ‘Start-up India,’ and ‘Make in India.’ He asserted, “Will you not say Khelo India, Start-up India, and Make in India from now? We do not have any problem with the word ‘Bharat’. I just want to suggest that they should change the word Hindu first because it was also given by foreigners and the word India was derived from it. Don’t try to be revolutionary.” He emphasized the need for clarity and urged the government to address these concerns promptly.
G20 Dinner Invitation Sparks Controversy
The controversy emerged after a G20 dinner invitation was issued in the name of the ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the customary ‘President of India.’ This development has ignited debates and speculation that a significant change regarding India’s nomenclature is imminent, coinciding with the upcoming special session of Parliament.
Government Clarifies Amidst Speculation
Union Minister Anurag Thakur responded to the ongoing speculation by stating, “I think these are just rumors that are taking place. All I want to say is that anyone who objects to the word Bharat clearly shows the mindset.” Thakur attempted to dispel concerns and reaffirmed that the government has no immediate plans for such a change.
Naming Controversy Amidst Diplomatic Interactions
The controversy surrounding India’s name change has also affected diplomatic interactions. A government booklet referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘Prime Minister of Bharat’ during his visit to Indonesia for the 20th ASEAN-India Summit has garnered attention and become a point of discussion within the ‘INDIA alliance’ opposition faction. The political discourse over India’s name continues as the nation watches for further developments and clarifications from the government.