New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor mocked the government on Wednesday and suggested that the opposition alliance should rename itself as ‘Alliance for Betterment, Harmony and Responsible Advancement for Tomorrow (BHARAT), to end the ruling party’s obsession with changing names.
He made this remark in response to the controversy over the G20 dinner invitation sent by President Draupadi Murmu, in which she has been referred to as ‘President of India’. The opposition alleged that the Modi government was trying to drop the word India and rename the country as Bharat.
Tharoor tweeted on ‘X We can call ourselves ‘Alliance for Betterment, Harmony and Responsible Advancement for Tomorrow (India)’. Then maybe the ruling party will stop this dirty game of changing names. Congress is a part of the opposition alliance ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (India).
Tharoor had earlier said that there was no constitutional problem with calling India as Bharat, but he hoped that the government would not be so foolish as to erase the name India, which is a well-known brand globally. The Congress MP had also said that Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had opposed the name India.