Speculation is rising in India as the government considers the possibility of replacing its English name, “India,” with “Bharat” in an effort to distance itself from its colonial past and appeal to its Hindu nationalist base. The debate over the name change has elicited mixed reactions, with some welcoming it as a means to break from colonialism, while others view it as a distortion of the country’s identity. Critics argue that the move could also serve to promote Hindi as the national language and is part of the ruling party’s agenda. The country’s official constitution recognizes both names, but the debate continues to spark controversy and debate among citizens and political figures.

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