Supreme Court rejects plea to change India's name to 'Bharat'

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 03, 2020, 06.26 PM(IST)

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The Supreme Court asked the petitioner to send a written copy of his plea to concerned ministries that will decide representation appropriately.

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking the Centre to amend the constitution and replace the word 'India' with 'Bharat'. According to reports, the petitioner wanted to get over the "colonial" name and use "Bharat" as a sense of pride.

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The Supreme Court asked the petitioner to send a written copy of his plea to concerned ministries that will decide representation appropriately.

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The Delhi-based petitioner said the time is ripe to recognise the country by its original name rather than its "English" name. 

The plea revolves around Article 1 will ensure "the citizens of this country to get over the colonial past."

The plea read: "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, replacing India with Bharat would justify the hard-fought freedom achieved by our ancestors."

"The nature of injury being caused to the public is the loss of identity and ethos as inheritors of the hard-won freedom from foreign rule," the plea contended.