Putting an end to a petition seeking to amend the Constitution and change the name of the country from India to Bharat, Chief Justice of India, S.A. Bobde, ruled that India is already called Bharat in the Constitution and thus requires no change.
“Why have you come here? India is already called Bharat in the Constitution” said the CJI.
As per the report, the SC declined to entertain the plea and said the petition could be considered as a representation to the government.
Advocate Ashwin Vaish, appearing for the Delhi-based petitioner argued that India was derived from the Greek work Indica and the English name did not represent the culture and tradition of the country.
He added that it’s time to identify the country through its symbolic name by amending Article 1 of the constitution.
“The removal of the English name though appears symbolic, will instil a sense of pride in our nationality, especially for the future generations. In fact, the word India being replaced with Bharat would justify the hard-fought freedom achieved by our ancestors,” the petition said.
He also highlighted how Indian cities are being renamed as per the culture and facts so why can’t India be renamed as Bharat to meet with Indian ethos.