Prime Minister Modi Designated as the Representative of Bharat at G20 Meeting:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was designated as the leader representing ‘Bharat’ during the G20 Summit, marking the opening of the two-day event. The government has intentionally employed ‘Bharat,’ a term present in the Constitution alongside ‘India,’ in various official G20 documents. During Modi’s address at the Bharat Mandapam, the Summit venue, the name card displayed ‘Bharat’ in front of him.
This choice led to controversy when dinner invitations were sent to G20 delegates and other guests, bearing the title ‘President of Bharat.’ Opposition parties criticized this move, alleging an attempt to exclude ‘India’ from the country’s name, and they linked it to their decision to name their alliance as INDIA.
The ruling BJP expressed support for the use of ‘Bharat,’ emphasizing its cultural significance as an ancient Hindi name. Some leaders argued that the term ‘India’ has colonial origins. However, the party has generally refrained from engaging in a ‘Bharat vs. India’ debate, recognizing that the Constitution employs both names for the country.