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Controversy Erupts as President Droupadi Murmu Invites G20 Leaders to ‘Bharat’ Dinner


A recent invitation sent by President Droupadi Murmu, addressed as “President of Bharat” instead of “President of India,” has ignited a significant controversy in Indian politics. This unexpected move has led to furious speculation that it may be linked to a legislative agenda in the upcoming special session of Parliament.

The Opposition vehemently opposes this decision, arguing that it violates the Constitution, particularly Article 1, which states, “India, that is Bharat, shall be a union of states.” Some government ministers argue that the change aims to break free from India’s colonial past.

The G20 dinner, scheduled for September 9th, amid the G20 leaders’ summit in New Delhi, has added fuel to the debate. While supporters applaud this change as a step towards embracing national identity, experts warn that altering the country’s name to “Bharat” would require a constitutional amendment.

The controversy intensifies as politicians from various states express their views, with questions arising about potential implications on institutions, domains, and regional languages. The debate over the country’s name change continues to grip the nation’s attention.