‘India, that is Bharat…’: One Country, Two Names

  title={‘India, that is Bharat…’: One Country, Two Names},
  author={Catherine Cl{\'e}mentin-Ojha},
  journal={South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal},
The politics of naming is shaped by broad socio-political conditions and can be studied from several angles. Adopting a cultural history perspective, this paper considers some of the inherited discourses on ‘Bhārata’ both prior to and at the time of its official equation with ‘India’ in the Constitution (1950). It focusses on three successive definitional moments: the Puranic definition of Bhārata; the shift to its colonial definition, when the old toponym became the ‘indigenous’ name for a… Expand
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