'Bharat': Why a G20 invite calling India by its Sanskrit name is ruffling some feathers

In recent news, the invitation extended to India for the G20 summit has created a stir by referring to the country as ‘Bharat’, its Sanskrit name. While Bharat is an official but less commonly used name for India, some individuals have voiced their concerns about the connotations and implications of this particular reference.

Critics argue that the use of ‘Bharat’ exclusively, instead of ‘India’, implies a reversion to a bygone era, highlighting a perceived cultural shift towards nationalism and Hindu dominance. They argue that this move does not reflect the diverse, secular nature of modern India, which is inclusive of many languages, religions, and cultures.

Proponents of the name ‘Bharat’ argue that it celebrates the country’s rich heritage and ancient roots. They see it as an opportunity to reconnect with India’s past and express pride in its cultural diversity.

Ultimately, the debate surrounding India’s G20 invite boils down to a clash between tradition and progress. While some view the use of ‘Bharat’ as a nod to the country’s historical significance, others fear it may marginalize those who do not identify with the Sanskrit name.

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