Hynniewtrep National Achik Movement opposes renaming India to Bharat

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Shillong: The Hynniewtrep National Achik Movement (HANM) today informed that it will write to all three Member of Parliament (MP) of Meghalaya to oppose the move of the central government under the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to change the name of India to Bharat.

Speaking to media persons, HNAM president Lamphrang Kharbani alleged that the motive of the central government to change the name of India to Bharat is to impose one religion in the country which is against the constitution of the country.

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Kharbani said that such an idea to change the name to Bharat also indicates that the BJP-led government disregards people who are not familiar with the party ideologies like language, religion, practice and customs.

He added that the intention of the BJP government to rename India to Bharat is unacceptable and the HANM and the people of Meghalaya strongly oppose this since India is a diverse nation formed by nearly 500 kingdoms including the Khasi states.

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“The HANM strongly opposed the renaming of India to Bharat and we also urged our MPs to oppose this in the parliament,” said Kahrbani.

Kharbani said that if the BJP-led government decides to go ahead with renaming India to Bharat, then it will clearly show that the party does not respect the kingdom that was formed to make India and this might lead to mass protests all over the country including in Meghalaya.

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