NCERT panel suggests only ‘Bharat’ in textbooks

The 2022 Social Science committee of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has suggested that ‘India’ should be called as ‘Bharat’ in all Social Science textbooks up to Class 12.

“We are hoping it will be implemented from next academic year, but it all depends on NCERT,” the committee’s chairman Prof CI Issac said.

This comes amidst an ongoing debate about the nation’s name, which heated up most recently during the G20 Summit in New Delhi, when the invitation for the dinner hosted by the President mentioned “The President of Bharat” instead of the usual “President of India”.

Since then, speculation has been rife about a “name-change” from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’.