Controversy Erupts Over India to Bharat Textbook Change

Government Decision Sparks Opposition and Debate on National Identity

The government faced strong opposition on Wednesday, 25 October, for its decision to change the name of ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’ in Social Science textbooks. The NCERT panel had suggested this change for all school classes.

Congress leader K.C. Venugopal posted on X that the government wanted to make the students hate the word ‘India’. He said he and many others felt proud of the word ‘India’. Venugopal gave examples of Team India and the Indian Space Research Organisation. He also said that the word ‘Bharat’ was equally proud. He accused the government of being afraid of losing to INDIA (Opposition bloc) in the next elections.

RJD member Manoj Kumar Jha said that he was surprised by the institutions under this government. He said the government had reacted differently since the INDIA bloc was formed in July. And said that the government could not find a name to attack the alliance. He called this a panic reaction.

He also questioned the NCERT’s move. He asked what they would do with Article 1 of the Constitution, which says ‘India, that is, Bharat’. He said that they were playing with history and facts. He said that they would also play with the name of India.

The NCERT said that it was too early to comment on the news. It said it was still working with experts on the new syllabus and textbooks. It said that it had not made any official statement about the change.

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