New Delhi: The United Nations “will change India’s name to Bharat in UN records” when New Delhi completes all the formalities for the same, a spokesperson for the global body was quoted as saying in a media report. “When India completes the formalities to change the name, they will inform us and we will change the name at the UN (records),” United Nations Secretary General’s chief spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.
The statement comes days after a huge controversy broke out over the shift to India from Bharat in the dinner invitation from President Droupadi Murmu to foreign leaders attending the G20 summit this weekend.
“It’s not for the UN to comment on the debate,” Mr Dujarric, who was speaking on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Delhi, said. “As long as the formalities are done, the UN will change the name too. It’s a bureaucratic issue when it comes to what the UN needs to do,” he added.
India will not be the first country if, at all, the name change happens. There’s a long list of countries that have changed their names due to political, social, or other reasons.
The UN top official also cited the example of Turkey changing its name to Turkiye last year and said “history has shown that it has happened a number of times for several countries”.
The Opposition has accused the Centre of planning to drop India and stay with just Bharat as the country’s name. Several ministers and BJP leaders have said there need not be any controversy as ‘Bharat’ has been “in use from time immemorial”.