What is the constitutional name given to India?

Article 1 of the Indian constitution says – “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States”. 

This provision deals with two things – (1) Name, (2) Type of Polity. Bharat and India are both names mentioned in the Constitution. 

There was no unanimity in the Constituent Assembly with regard to the name of the country. Some members suggested the traditional name (Bharat) while others advocated the modern name (India). Hence, the constituent assembly had to adopt a mix of both (‘India, that is, ‘Bharat’).

Further Reading:

To read more about the List of Important Articles in the Indian Constitution, check the linked article. 

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