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“We Can’t Do It”: CJI On Exclusion Of “India” As Country Name

CJI S A Bobde said the top court can’t do it since “India is already called Bharat in the Constitution itself”.

New Delhi| Hearing the PIL on Wednesday  demanding constitutional amendment to exclude India as country name, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said the top court can’t do it since “India is already called Bharat in the Constitution itself”. However, the court has allowed the petitioner to make presentation to the central government.

The petition had sought a constitutional amendment in article one demanding exclusion of India as a country name and retaining Bharat.

The PIL filed by a Delhi resident, has claimed thay such amendment in the constitution will “ensure the citizens of this country to get over the colonial past”.

“The removal of the English name though appears symbolic, will instill a sense of pride in our own nationality, especially for the future generations to come. In fact, the word India being replaced with Bharat would justify the hard fought freedom by our ancestors,” the petition read.

Referring to the constitution assembly debate in 1948 on Article 1, the petition said even then there was “strong wave” in the favour of naming the country Bharat or Hindustan.

 

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