A PIL recently made asked SC to rename India as Bharat or Hindustan. This plea was filed by a Delhi-based man. According to his claims, making such an amendment will “ensure the citizens of this country to get over the colonial past”.
The plea further said that replacing India with ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’ will “instil a sense of pride in our nationality.”
A bench headed by CJ S A Bobde heard the matter via video conferencing. However, the bench told that in the constitution, India is already called ‘Bharat.’
The bench also included Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy. The bench asked the petitioner’s counsel of filing their plea when it is already there.
The counsel replied that the plea seeks amendment to Article 1 of the constitution. This article deals with name and territory of the union.
The petitioner’s counsel asked for allowing him to make a representation in this regard to the concerned authority.
Upon hearing the submissions, the Supreme Court said to treat the petition as a concerned authorities’ representation.
To Rename the Country As Bharat Or Hindustan
“The plea has sought to amend Article 1 of the Constitution to the effect that the same refers to the country as Bharat/Hindustan, to the exclusion of India”.
“The removal of the English name though appears symbolic, will instill a sense of pride in our own nationality, especially for the future generations to come,” claimed the plea. Replacing name India with Bharat would give justice to the freedom fight by our ancestors, added the plea.
The plea referred the debate on Article 1 by Constituent Assembly in 1948. The plea said that during that time as well there was a strong debate to name the country as Bharat or Hindustan.
It said that this is the right time to know the country by its real and authentic name i.e. Bharat. “Especially when our cities have been renamed to identify with the Indian ethos,” it said.