India, that is Bharat, The article 1(1) of the constitution states that,”India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States”. It clearly states that constituent assembly constitutes the union of provinces into a country named India, which has been culturally and historically Bharat.The nation is the people, its boundaries and essentially its land. We have always considered the land, as our mother because the life takes birth and grows here. Almost every other cultures in the world have seen their nation as the mother except those who are highly influenced by the dogmatic ideologies or, theologies.Now the question arises, did feminising the nation begin here ? Certainly, yes or started with this nation i.e Bharat because this is the oldest nation on the planet.
20th century nations were carved out on the modest reasons of language, religion, race, ethnicity, ideology, i.e based on uniformity of the people formed the nations of the modern world in Europe and elsewhere. But this nation known as Bharatvarsha for thousands of years – we have never defined ourselves by uniformity, if we drive few hundred miles nearly everything changes from dialect, to clothes, to eating habit. Our sages proclaimed ,”अहं राष्ट्र वसुधा नाम संगिनी” that is – we considered whole world as our nation without falling into the dogmas of race, ethnicity, language. But no one understood our world view, that’s why we were bound to look our nation as a separate entity.When Europeans arrived, they didn’t understand how this could be one nation, considering the fact that this land was fragmented in over 250 political entities at that time.
This is something that the intellectuals, political leadership and masses of this land must understand that,”Our nationhood predates all organised religions”. When there were no organised religions, this nation was, her way of life and her culture was. Our geographical and cultural identity helped us to survive for longest, even during the time of religious motivated wars being imposed on us which were an alien thing to us.This land has been the land of believers, we always seek for the truth and liberation. Our oneness is enshrined in our pursuit of seeking the higher level of existence. Arjun didn’t believed at once, even Lord has to answer hundreds of questions, before the start of historic war of Kurukshetra.
We often hear Bharata was named after the great king Bharat but this is not the case around. There are lot of Bharats in this nation, they are named after our beloved nation, not the way around. King Bharat had nine sons, but he gave his throne to Bhumanyu, who was the son of sage Bharadwaj. Bhumanyu grew up in the forest, Praja was shocked because emperor’s nine sons were waiting in the line. Bharat said,”This boy Bhumanyu, has enormous intelligence and fire in his heart, he is well built and politically stable, He should be the king,” This was our demonstration of DEMOCRACY to the world.
What is in the name (India, that is Bharat)
Whenever the imperial forces occupy a nation the first thing they do to subjugate the occupied culture is changing names which are linked to them. Jews were called rats in Nazi Germany, Africans and natives were given silly names by Europeans in America. Same practice was followed everywhere by occupying forces – Herat was changed to Alexandria Ariana, Kandahar to Alexandria Archosis, Ghana to Gold Coast, Zimbabwe to Rhodesia, Karnavati to Ahmedabad, Kolkata to Fort Williams, Prayagraj to Allahabad to name a few. If a meaningless name is given to you , then your very existence will become meaningless because at same time I would have a meaningful name.In the same context Bharat/Hindusthan became India. Nation is just an idea, it must sink in the mind of masses, when it sinks in the mind and heart of masses then it rose the passion and we experience the real nation.
Otherwise it is just a mere political and administrative representation on the paper.Our nation gets its original inspiration from our ancient texts like Puranas or, Shastras –
उत्तरम् यत समुद्रस्य, हिमाद्रेचैव दक्षिणम। वर्षं तद भारतम् नाम, भारती यत्र संतति। (Vishnu Puran)
हिमलेयम समर्भया यवत इन्दु सरवोरम। तम देवनिर्मिताम देशम हिंदुस्थानम प्रचछती (Barhaspatya Shastra)Bharat or, Hindusthan resonate the ancient and original idea of our nation, not those names which are given to us by occupying forces.
The idea of Bharat
Every nation has the original idea of its own, every other ideas or cultures can come and confluence in the principal idea , the way small rivers confluence into the mighty Ganga. The foreign idea can never create binary of conflict with the principal idea.The idea of Bharat can not be dismantled by a mere regime inspired by religion which set its foots here in last 700 years or by the murderous ideology which is failing all over the world.
Our idea is what our sages give it to this land, our idea is what every common men and women who considered this land as their Matrubhoomi and Punyabhoomi gave it to this landOur idea of Bharat is – न मे पार्थास्ति कर्तव्यं त्रिषु लोकेषु किंचन । नानवाप्तमवाप्तव्यं वर्त एव च कर्मणि ॥Our idea of Bharat is – जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसीOur idea of Bharat is – आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतःOur idea of Bharat is – न तवाहम कमाये राज्यम न स्वर्गम नपुनर्भावम। कमाये दुःखतपतानाम प्राणिनमअरतिनाशनमOur idea of Bharat is – यतर नार्यस्तू पूज्यन्ते, रमन्ते ततर देवताOur idea of Bharat is – सर्वे भावन्तु सुखीना, सर्वे संतु निरामया ।
- Our idea of Bharat is – सह ना बावतु, सह ना भूनकतू , सह वीर्यम करवावहे । तेजस्वी नधितामस्तु मा विद्विसवाहु
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