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SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ON JUNE 2 PLEA SEEKING REPLACEMENT OF WORD INDIA WITH ‘BHARAT’

The Plea has sought direction to the government of India to take appropriate steps to bring amendment in Article 1 of the Indian Constitution, which deals with the name and territory of the Union, to the effect that “the same refers to the country as Bharat/Hindustan”.

The Supreme Court will hear a plea on June 2 which has sought direction to the Centre to Amend the Constitution and replace the word India with ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’, claiming it will “install a sense of pride in our own nationality”.

The Plea, filed by a Delhi-based man, has claimed that such an amendment will ‘ensure the citizens of this country to get over the colonial past”.

The Plea claimed that, “The removal of the English name though appears symbolic, will instill a sense of pride in our own nationality, especially for the future generations to come. In fact, the word replaced with Bharat would justify the hard fought freedom by our ancestors”. 

Referring to the 1948 Constituent Assembly debate on Article 1 of the Indian Constitution, the plea said even that time there was a strong wave in favour of naming the country as ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’.

The Petition was listed for hearing on Friday (29/05/20) before apex court but it got deleted because the Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde was not available.

As per a notice uploaded on the court website, this matter will be heard on June 2 before a bench headed by the CJI.

By Shubhi Singhal of LCD

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