Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government replaced India’s name with a Sanskrit word in a dinner invitation to delegates attending this week’s G20 summit.
City of P.A., written on Sunday (9/10/2023), this move reflects the nationalist party’s efforts to eliminate what is considered a name from the colonial era. Indian President Droupadi Murmu was referred to as President of Bharat and not President of India in the invitations sent to G20 participants.
This country of more than 1.4 billion inhabitants is officially known by the two names of India and Bharat. However, first names are most often used in Switzerland and abroad.
Bharat is an ancient Sanskrit word that many historians believe comes from early Hindu texts. The word also means India in Hindi.
This change in nomenclature was supported by officials of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. They believe the name India was introduced by British colonialists and is a “symbol of slavery”.
The British ruled India for 200 years, until the country gained independence in 1947. Amid the buzz around India’s renaming, a number of countries changed their names for various reasons ranging from politics to culture, and even to try to forget the past.
The following is a list of countries that have changed their name, cited on the page deccanherald.comwritten Sunday (9/10/2023):
1.Turkey becomes Turkiye
In 2022, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would change its name to Turkiye. The word Turkiye best represents and expresses the crocodile, the civilization and the values of the Turkish nation.
2.Persia becomes Iran
The name Persia was the official name of Iran until 1935. Iran, which is the name of the country in Persian, was adopted after the government asked countries with which it had diplomatic relations to officially call it Iran.
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