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NCERT to replace ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in textbooks? Council says ‘useless debate’

Jun 17, 2024 09:04 PM IST

NCERT said that it will use Bharat and India interchangeably in its textbooks, saying that a debate over the issue is “useless”.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) took a firm stance on the ‘Bharat’ vs ‘India’ debate on Monday, saying both the names will be used interchangeably. NCERT director Dinesh Prasad Saklani said the debate over the issue is “useless.”

NCERT to use Bharat and India interchangeably in its textbooks
NCERT to use Bharat and India interchangeably in its textbooks

Saklani told PTI that both Bharat and India will be used in NCERT textbooks, as is the case in the country's Constitution, wherever either of the terms be deemed appropriate. He also clarified that the council has no aversion to either Bharat or India being used in the textbooks.

The comments assume significance in the wake of a high-level panel working on the social science curriculum recommending that "India" should be replaced with "Bharat" in school textbooks for all classes.

The NCERT director said, “It is interchangeable....our position is what our Constitution says and we uphold that. We can use Bharat, we can use India, what is the problem? We are not in that debate. Wherever it suits we will use India, wherever it suits we will use Bharat. We have no aversion to either India or Bharat.”

"You can see both being used in our textbooks already and that will continue in new textbooks. This is a useless debate," Saklani said.

Last year, a high level committee constituted by NCERT to make revision to school curriculum recommended that India" should be replaced with "Bharat" in the textbooks for all classes.

Committee chairperson C I Isaac, who was heading the panel, had said they have suggested replacing the name "India" with "Bharat" in the textbooks, introducing "classical history", instead of "ancient history" in the curriculum, and including the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) in the syllabus for all subjects.

Isaac told PTI, “The committee has unanimously recommended that the name Bharat should be used in the textbooks for students across classes. Bharat is an age-old name. The name Bharat has been used in ancient texts, such as Vishnu Purana, which is 7,000 years old.”

The Bharat vs India debate was initially triggered when the G20 invites sent to world leaders were in the name of ‘President of Bharat’ and not ‘President of India.’ Later, the nameplate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the summit in New Delhi also read "Bharat", instead of India.

(With inputs from PTI)

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