NEW DELHI: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) panel has unanimously accepted a proposal to change the name in the next set of books from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’.
This decision comes in the midst of an ongoing debate about potentially renaming the country ‘Bharat’. The proposal, which was initially put forth several months ago, has now been officially approved.
CI Issac, a member of the panel, confirmed that the upcoming NCERT books will reflect this name change.
Here’s a breakdown of the article with key points:
NCERT’s Proposal: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) panel has unanimously approved a proposal to change the name from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’ in the next set of books.
Background Debate: The proposal comes amid an ongoing debate about renaming the country ‘Bharat.’ This debate was triggered when the Centre sent G20 dinner invitations addressed to the “President of Bharat” instead of “President of India.”
Constitutional Reference: Article 1(1) of the Constitution defines the country’s name as “India, that is Bharat shall be a Union of States.”
Other Recommendations: The NCERT committee has made additional recommendations, including highlighting “Hindu victories” in textbooks and introducing ‘classical history’ instead of ‘ancient history.’ They aim to move away from the British-era categorization of history and incorporate the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) into the curriculum of all subjects.
PM Modi’s Usage: In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Bharat’ nameplate was displayed during the G20 Leaders Summit, generating significant attention on social media.