Made in Bharat

Tuesday 30th September 2014 06:06 EDT

Some weeks ago there was much ado as to what we now call India and Indians.

RSS, some BJP Politicians and other Hindus say,' call India Hindustan and all Indians as Hindu or Hindi'.

These names came from very long time ago People living on the bank of the river Sindhu (Indus as per British) in North India who followed Sanatan Dharma were named Hindu from Sindhu, Their country Hindustan and Language Hindi.

You can't call all Indians as Hindu whether they are Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Parsi, Jain, Sikh, etc. Also you can't mix up Hindi Language with people as Hindi either.

In ancient time, India was called Bha(a)rat which came from Bharat.

Bharat was a very renown King of Hastinapur. He was a son of Shakuntala and Dushyant who fell in love with her at first sight when he went hunting in jungle. He then returned to Hastinapur but forgot her completely as Shakuntala was cursed by Durvasa Rishi. Later she had a son named Bharat who was brought up in jungle fearless playing with wild animals. After a few years when Dushyant again went to forest he saw a little boy playing with lion cubs he was surprised by his bravery and boldness and found out from Shakuntala that Bharat was their son. He proudly named the country as Bharat!

I suggest India's name should be changed to Bharat, all Indians to Bharati like British as Briton and Indian Goods and Services to Bharatiya. Bharat is also compatible with our National Anthem ---Jan Gan Man------Bharat Bhagya Vidhata!!!- Jai Bharat

Upendra Kapadia

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