Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phenomenal rise as a global leader by taking off from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) springboard is noteworthy. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru commanded respect internationally not because of the Congress Party, India’s struggle for independence or his term in prison, but because of scholarship — as the author of two books — and his role in formulating the Non-Aligned Movement and propagating democratic socialism.
There is a slow but systematic attempt to change India’s name from Bharat to Hindustan — playing up the word “Hindu” in Hindustan and trying to repackage it as the abode of the Hindus. B.R. Ambedkar and his team that drafted the Constitution of India consciously avoided the term “Hindustan” as they could foresee its implications in a land that takes pride in its diversity.