Today, when we talk about the rise of China and India, we lazily think of them as similar items – ancient and rich civilisations coming into their own in modern times. However, we should also remind ourselves of how deeply they captured the imagination of the world for millennia, and will continue to do so.
This month, let’s take a peek at the idea of “India”. For starters, no Indian language except Tamil (which uses Inthiya) refers to the country as India – they generally use “Bharat” instead. Amusingly, “Bharata” in some old contexts denotes the whole world: Emperor Bharata presumptively ruled over all the Earth.
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