External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday began his address during the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by saying 'Namaste from India'. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's speech at the UN General Assembly may rekindle the discussion that the central government is considering replacing the word 'India' with 'Bharat' in the Constitution.
In his over 17-minute address, Jaishankar said, "As a civilisational polity that embraces modernity, we bring both tradition and technology together with faith equally. This combination defines the India that india is today," he said.
"I am speaking for a society where ancient traditions of democracy have taken deep modern roots. As a result, our thinking, efforts and actions are now more grounded and authentic," he said.
The India vs India controversy started when the invitation to the G-20 dinner was sent in the name of the President of 'India'. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had posted a picture of the President's dinner invitation on social media platform X (earlier Twitter), with a few lines from the national anthem.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was then addressed as the leader of
India at the G20 summit hosted by India in Delhi earlier this month. The government mentioned India as the country's name in various official G20 documents.
Not only India, the title of the G20 booklet made for foreign delegates was also written - "India, mother of democracy". "India is the official name of the country. It is also mentioned in the Constitution and the discussions of 20-1946."
Opposition parties said - this is the drama of the Center,
while the opposition parties have termed it as the 'drama' of the central government. The opposition alliance alleges that the government is doing this only because the opposition alliance has named itself INDIA.
Jaishankar had earlier indirectly lashed out at the opposition on the issue. He had said, "India That is Bharat.It is in the Constitution. "When you say Bharat, one of its meanings, understanding and virtues is also reflected in our Constitution," he said.