Posted on June 2, 2020, 1:09 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 2 June will hear a plea seeking direction to the Centre to amend the Constitution and change the name of the country from India to 'Bharat'. The plea claimed that this will help citizens of the country get over the colonial past and instill a sense of pride in their nationality.
The petitioner, a Delhi-based man, argued that the time is ripe to recognise the country by its original and authentic name, Bharat, especially when the cities have been renamed in accordance with Indian ethos. The plea contended that the purpose of the amendment to Article 1 will ensure “the citizens of this country to get over the colonial past.”
The petition was listed on Friday before a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, but it got deleted, as he was not available. The next hearing on the matter is scheduled today before a bench headed by the Chief Justice, as per the notice uploaded on the website of the apex court.
The plea, citing the 1948 Constituent Assembly debate on Article 1 of the then draft Constitution, argued that even at that time, there was a “strong wave” in favour of naming the country as Bharat or ‘Hindustan’. “The nature of injury being caused to the public is the loss of identity and ethos as inheritors of the hard-won freedom from foreign rule,” the plea contended.