The United Nations handles requests from countries to change their names when such requests are formally made, according to a senior UN official. This clarification comes amidst a controversy regarding President Droupadi Murmu’s invitations for a G20 dinner, where she was referred to as ‘President of Bharat’ instead of ‘President of India’.
United Nations Clarifies Name Changes
The Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Farhan Haq, referred to the example of Turkey changing its name to Turkiye last year, explaining that they responded to a formal request from the government. He emphasized that the UN considers such requests when they receive them.
India being renamed as Bharat
In India, a debate emerged when invitations for a G20 dinner were issued with President Murmu’s title as ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the usual ‘President of India’. The opposition accused the Narendra Modi government of intending to change India’s name to just Bharat.
Prime Minister’s Response
Prime Minister Modi addressed this issue during his meeting with ministerial colleagues and urged them to avoid getting involved in the political controversy surrounding the use of ‘Bharat’. He highlighted that Bharat has been the country’s traditional name and asked ministers to stay in the national capital during the G20 summit to ensure a smooth experience for visiting dignitaries.