The Supreme Court Wednesday stated that the Centre should treat as a representation a appeal which seek a direction to amend the Constitution and replace the word India with 'Bharat' or 'Hindustan'.
The plea filed before the apex court by a Delhi-based man has claimed that such an amendment will "ensure the citizens of this country to get over the colonial past".
It contended that replacing the word India with 'Bharat' or 'Hindustan' will "instill a sense of pride in our own nationality."
Nevertheless, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which heard the matter through video-conferencing, told the counsel appearing for the petitioner that India is already called 'Bharat' in the Constitution itself.
"Why have you come here?," the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, asked the petitioner's counsel.
"The removal of the English name though appears symbolic, will instill a sense of pride in our own nationality, especially for the future generations to come. Infact, the word India being replaced with Bharat would justify the hard fought freedom by our ancestors," the appeal has claimed.
Mentioning the 1948 Constituent assembly debate on Article 1 of the then draft constitution, the plea has stated even at that time there was a "strong wave" in favour of naming the country as 'Bharat' or 'Hindustan'.