NEW DELHI: The Bharat vs India debate has taken a new turn. In front of a powerful crowd of G20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted the new identity of his country: Bharat.
‘Bharat’ nameplate was displayed in front of PM Modi as he addressed the session in his inaugural speech, signaling that the BJP government will not bow down to the opposition pressure and may officially rename the country from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’ in the upcoming parliament session.
“As the G20 President, Bharat warmly welcomes all of you. It is from the very place where we are seated that stands a pillar, approximately 2500 years old, bearing an inscription in Prakrit that reads, ‘May the welfare and happiness of all be ever ensured.’ This message was imparted to the world by the land of India millennia ago. Let us remember this message as we commence the G20 summit, with the aim of working towards the welfare and happiness of all,” said Modi in his address.
This is when US President Joe Biden, UK Prime minister Rishi Sunak, France President Emmanuel Macron, Canada PM Justin Trudeau & others are attending the G20 under Indian presidency.
The videos and photos of PM Modi representing his country ‘Bharat’ started doing rounds on social media soon after the session opened, resulting in a trend ‘Prime Minister of Bharat’ on ‘X’.
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PM on the Session 1 of the summit said “This is the time for all of us to move together. In this time, the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ can be the torch bearer for us. Be it the divide between North and South, the distance between East and West, management of food and fuel, terrorism, cyber security, health, energy or water security, we will have to find a solid solution to this for future generations.”
Yesterday, the United Nations said it will change India’s name to Bharat in UN records when New Delhi completes all the formalities for the same. “When India completes the formalities to change the name, they will inform us and we will change the name at the UN (records),” said United Nations Secretary General chief spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
Modi also proposed that the African Union be made a permanent member in G20.
“In keeping with the sentiment of sabka saath (with everyone), India had proposed that the African Union should be given permanent membership of the G-20. I believe we all are in agreement on this proposal.” Mr. Modi said.
The PM invited the AU president to take its position. He said “Before we start our work, I invite the AU president as a permanent member to take his position,”
Tonight, President Droupadi Murmu will be hosting a G20 dinner with a total of 170 guests on the list of special invitees. It is on the invitation letter for this dinner that the term ‘Bharat’ was introduced in place of ‘India’.
Apart from foreign leaders and delegates, the dinner will be attended by former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda along with chief ministers of different states, including West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Bihar’s Nitish Kumar.