Tamil Actor Questioned Sehwag For Suggesting “Bharat” Name For India!!
Written by Famitha mohamed Published on Sep 05, 2023 | 20:42 PM IST | 190
Sehwag, the renowned former cricketer of the Indian cricket team, recently took to his Twitter page to express his perspective on the significance of the name ‘Bharat’ versus ‘India’ for the country. In his tweet, Sehwag emphasized the importance of a name that instills pride in the people of India, highlighting the historical context of the name ‘India’ being given by the British during colonial rule. He called for the official use of ‘Bharat’ as the country’s name, especially during the upcoming World Cup, urging the Board of Control for Cricket in India (@BCCI) and Jay Shah to consider this change.
This tweet by Sehwag garnered attention not only from cricket enthusiasts but also from various individuals across the nation, including Kollywood actor Vishnu Vishal, who is known for his passion for cricket and his journey from aspiring to be a cricketer to becoming a successful actor in the Tamil film industry. Vishnu Vishal responded to Sehwag’s tweet with a question, seeking to understand the perspective behind the proposed name change. His tweet read, “Sir with due respect… The name INDIA didn’t instill pride in you all these years??”
Sir with due respect…
The name INDIA didn instill pride in you all these years?? https://t.co/ibm68uZ7e8
— VISHNU VISHAL – VV (@TheVishnuVishal) September 5, 2023
The question raised by Vishnu Vishal serves as a starting point for a deeper exploration of the sentiments and perspectives surrounding the name ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’ and their implications on national identity and pride.
The name ‘India’ has been associated with the country for many decades and is recognized internationally. It carries with it a rich history, spanning centuries, during which India has made significant contributions to art, culture, philosophy, and science. However, as Sehwag pointed out, the name ‘India’ was given by the British colonial rulers, and it represents a period of subjugation and exploitation that the nation endured.
I have always believed a name should be one which instills pride in us.
We are Bhartiyas ,India is a name given by the British & it has been long overdue to get our original name ‘Bharat’ back officially. I urge the @BCCI @JayShah to ensure that this World Cup our players have… https://t.co/R4Tbi9AQgA
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 5, 2023
On the other hand, ‘Bharat’ is the name deeply rooted in Indian mythology and history. It is derived from the ancient Sanskrit term ‘Bharatavarsha,’ referring to the Indian subcontinent. ‘Bharat’ carries a sense of indigenous identity and pride, harkening back to India’s ancient heritage and cultural roots.
Boss he is telling Bharath will make more even pride https://t.co/8yGK1u62zB
— Vicky Lakshmi (@lakshmi_vicky) September 5, 2023
Vishnu Vishal’s question raises a valid point. For many Indians, the name ‘India’ has indeed instilled pride over the years, despite its colonial origins. The country has achieved remarkable progress and accomplishments under the name ‘India,’ both on and off the cricket field. From cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar to political leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, ‘India’ has been associated with numerous achievements and milestones.
Sir with due respect…
Why didn't you responded when DMK politicians says that we(tamilians) are not indians ? https://t.co/ogQOenQpAl
— pandugadu..🔥🌶🌶 (@sri_cultdhfm) September 5, 2023
However, the idea of officially adopting ‘Bharat’ as the nation’s name reflects a desire to reconnect with India’s pre-colonial identity, to shed the vestiges of colonial rule, and to assert a renewed sense of cultural and national pride. It’s a call to embrace and promote a name that is deeply rooted in Indian history and mythology.
Tamils wanted to change it to Chennai from Madras coz it's a name given by the British and when the Indian govt wants to follow the same thing they're raising these questions. If Madras made u proud why change it to Chennai ? https://t.co/eQGEzkGGZz
— Masked (@muvisfreak) September 5, 2023
The debate over the name change is not new and has been discussed in various forums over the years. It touches upon complex questions of identity, history, and nationalism. Some argue that ‘India’ has become a part of the country’s contemporary identity, while others advocate for ‘Bharat’ as a way to honor the nation’s ancient heritage.
I still don’t experience any inferiority complex calling myself “INDIAN” https://t.co/dfg2cvqGX7
— Richard M Nathan (@Richardmnathan) September 5, 2023
It’s essential to recognize that the discussion is not about erasing the history associated with the name ‘India’ but rather about reclaiming an indigenous name that resonates with the country’s cultural and historical depth. Both ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’ hold significance, and the debate offers an opportunity for a national dialogue on identity and pride.
Bharat is the only country which has people who love colonial symbols more than the indigenous ones 🤡😅 https://t.co/JF8MKSIPrL
— Rajath ಕೊಕ್ಕರ್ಣೆ (@Mysterius_Monk) September 5, 2023
Vishnu Vishal’s question reflects the diversity of opinions in India regarding this matter. While some may continue to take pride in the name ‘India,’ others may see the proposal to use ‘Bharat’ as a chance to reinforce their connection to the nation’s roots. The coexistence of these perspectives is a testament to India’s pluralistic society, where various viewpoints are respected and acknowledged.
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