Bharat. Today, it is a word which

Bharat. Today, it is a word which encompasses much larger than its simple derivative: according to history, Bharata was a king who conquered and united the Indian empire under one political entity. Yet for the past several thousand years, it has become a word which wraps itself around one of the worlds most under represented eclectic cultural empires- comprising of centuries old Carnatic and Hindustani music, Bharatnatyam and Kathak dance, intricate architecture, Vedic scripture, oral history, diverse ethnic groups and an immensely complicated and traditional social structure. It is, essentially, a name which ignites fierce love and pride for over 1.3 billion people across the globe: Bharat. Oddly enough, the name “India” was one given by foreign invaders- nowhere can the word be found in ancient Sanskrit scriptures and yet like many other foreign attributes, the nation readily accepted the word and grew under it in the same phenomenal way. It is this same Bharat that the rest of the western global community is finally recognizing as its own separate enterprise- no longer one meant to be culturally, politically or economically conquered, but one which has finally begun to conquer the rest of the world.


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