New Delhi: “It was Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founding leader of Pakistan, who opposed the name India. He objected to the name India because it identified us as a successor to the British Empire and Pakistan as a breakaway nation from India. In that way, now the BJP is opposing it along with Jinnah,” said the Congress MP. Sasi Tharoor said.
Earlier, he had posted on the X (Twitter) site, “No objection to calling India as Bharat as per political charter. However, I hope the Center will not take the foolish decision of completely abandoning the name ‘India’, which has incalculable brand value.”
In this case, in the opinion he shared today, “Let us remember one thing at this time when the Bharat dispute is alive. It was Muhammad Ali Jinnah who opposed the name India. He opposed the name India because Pakistan became known as a country separated from it because India emerged as the successor of the British government. Jinnah’s policy in the Citizenship Amendment Act. BJP is also supporting Jinnah’s other wish as it supported it,” he said.
He also suggested that perhaps if BJP changed the name of the nation from India to Bharat after the name of the BJP India alliance, the alliance could change its name to BHARAT, which means Betterment, Harmony And Responsible Advancement for Tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has filed a petition in the Supreme Court. In it, he said, “The Supreme Court should take the initiative to investigate the controversy of the names of India and Bharat and ban any party in the country from using these two words as the name of the party.”