Will India be renamed to Bharat before 2026?
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There have been discussions and speculations regarding the renaming of India to Bharat. This speculation was fueled when Indian President Droupadi Murmu referred to herself as the "President of Bharat" in English-language invitations for a dinner at the G20 summit. Traditionally, Indian constitutional bodies have used the name 'India' in English and 'Bharat' in Hindi on official documents. This departure from convention led to speculation about a potential official name change​​.

The Constitution of India refers to the country as "India, that is Bharat," in English, and as "Bharat, that is India," in Hindi. Changing the country's name to solely 'Bharat' would require a constitutional amendment, needing approval by a two-thirds majority in both houses of Parliament​​.

Reports from various news outlets, including Snopes, India Today, and Economic Times, have indicated that there might be a parliamentary resolution introduced to officially rename India to Bharat. This resolution was expected to be brought in during a special session of Parliament scheduled from September 18-22, 2023. However, there has been no official confirmation of such a move being in the works. Members of the government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have suggested that the name 'Bharat' should take primacy over 'India'​​​​​​.

Given this information, while there is significant discussion and speculation about the potential renaming of India to Bharat, as of now, there is no official confirmation that this change will occur by 2026. The process would require a constitutional amendment, which is a significant legislative undertaking.

India is already named Bharat. The constitution recognizes both names.

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Does renaming the country per the resolution criteria require passing a constitutional amendment or is a resolution declaring the name change sufficient?