G20 Dinner Invitation in the Name of ‘President of Bharat’ Sparks Debate

A controversy has erupted over the use of the term ‘Bharat’ in an invitation to a G20 dinner, which is scheduled for September 9. Rashtrapati Bhawan sent out the invitation, replacing the usual ‘President of India’ with ‘President of Bharat,’ prompting a debate on the significance of the term.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh criticized this change, suggesting that it undermines the idea of a “Union of States” as outlined in Article 1 of the Constitution. He accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of distorting history and dividing India.

Ramesh stated on social media platform ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter), “So the news is indeed true. Rashtrapati Bhawan has sent out an invite for a G20 dinner on Sept 9th in the name of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the usual ‘President of India.’ Now, Article 1 in the Constitution can read: ‘Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States.’ But now even this ‘Union of States’ is under assault.”

He further emphasized the objective of parties in the INDIA bloc, which stands for “BHARAT – Bring Harmony, Amity, Reconciliation,” and concluded with, “Judega BHARAT Jeetega INDIA!”

In contrast, BJP leaders welcomed the use of ‘Bharat,’ with BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav stating that the entire country is demanding the word ‘Bharat’ be used instead of ‘India.’ He expressed that ‘India’ was an abuse given by the British, while ‘Bharat’ symbolizes the country’s culture. Yadav called for a change in the Constitution to officially include the term ‘Bharat.’

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also endorsed the use of “Republic of Bharat,” expressing his pride in the nation’s progress towards “AMRIT KAAL.”

The G20 Summit is scheduled to be held in Delhi on September 9 and 10, where leaders from various nations will convene to discuss global issues.

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