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Congress Raises Concerns Over Use of “President of Bharat” in G20 Invite


New Delhi– The political landscape in India has been stirred by recent developments surrounding the use of the term “President of Bharat” in official invitations. On Tuesday, the Congress party responded to the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s issuance of invites for a G20 dinner scheduled for September 9, where the President was addressed as the “President of Bharat,” a departure from the conventional “President of India.”

Jairam Ramesh, the General Secretary of Congress, took to social media to share his views on this matter. He confirmed the unusual shift, stating, “So the news is indeed true. Rashtrapati Bhavan has sent out an invite for a G20 dinner on September 9 in the name of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the usual ‘President of India’.”

Ramesh went on to express concerns, asserting, “Now, Article 1 in the Constitution can read: ‘Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States’. But now even this ‘Union of States’ is under assault.” This statement reflects the growing debate and unease surrounding the alteration of long-established nomenclature in official government communications.

These developments come against the backdrop of reports suggesting that the Narendra Modi-led Central government is considering the removal of the term “India” from the Constitution. Sources familiar with the matter have disclosed that preparations for this proposed change are underway. It is anticipated that the government may present bills related to this proposal during the upcoming Special Session of Parliament scheduled from September 18 to 22.

The use of “Bharat” alongside “India” in official documents and communications has ignited a broader conversation about identity, history, and the evolving character of the nation. As discussions and debates continue, the nation watches closely to see how these developments may shape India’s future political discourse and constitutional framework.


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