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The fight to rename India is a semantic and ideological one.

The fight to rename India is a semantic and ideological one.

The ruling nationalists’ much more ambitious aim to turn India into a Hindu nation rather than a secular. Multireligious state is concealed under the conflict over the name Bharat.

This letter’s signatory, a correspondent for Le Monde’s South Asia bureau. May someday have a base in Bharat, the name Narendra Modi has given to India. At the G20 conference in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. The prime minister took the world leaders as witnesses to somewhat formally announce the shift. He emerged from behind a lectern and a plaque carrying the Sanskrit word for “Bharat.” Invitations to a supper held in conjunction with the summit were also sent out by Head of State Droupadi Murmu under the signature “President of Bharat.” In keeping with his practice of being silent, Modi made no statement regarding the situation, enabling observers to make predictions.

Since gaining independence in 1947, administrations in India of all stripes have taken on the task of renaming cities given names by the British colonizers. Bombay changed to new delhi Mumbai in 1995, Madras to Chennai, Calcutta to Kolkata, and Pondicherry to Puducherry. As early as 1956, Benares was renamed Varanasi. However, the election of Hindu nationalists in 2014 has further accelerated this process. In order to completely obliterate the colonial past—nearly 12 centuries of history—the current. Goal is to Hinduize towns, streets, and monuments. Up until 1947, India was ruled by the Muslims and the British.

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New Delhi Pilgrimage Conflict

By 2018, this process had been completed in over 25 cities. Prayagraj was created from Allahabad. New delhi a significant Hindu pilgrimage center at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, in order to purge its Islamic past and reestablish its connection to its Hindu origins. A prominent and regal road created by architect Edwin Lutyens, the Rajpath, was renamed in New Delhi, the city that served as the epitome of the Indian Empire. Since September 8, 2022, this “alley of the Empire” has been known as Kartavya Path, also known as the “Path of Duty.” Race Course Road in the same location is today referred to as Lok Kalyan Marg, or the “Public Service Street,” in Hindi. Given that Modi’s official residence is located at number 7, this road is significant.

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