Should pre-1947 India be called S Asia? US academics lock horns over name
WASHINGTON: The battle for India, pre-independence India, is being fought in California. In a long-running wrangle that has stretched over decades, academics and historians are once again fighting a pitched verbal battle over how sub-continental history will be taught in American schools. At the heart of the latest clash, the nomenclature of pre-1947 India as “South Asia” at the instance of some left-leaning academics, because, they maintain, the geographic entities of India and Pakistan came into being only after the two countries gained independence from British India.In other words, India did not exist before 1947.
The proposal has enraged academics on the right side of the debate who say attempts to delete references to India and replace it with the “geopolitically motivated Cold War-era phrase `South Asia”…. is “misinformed and bizarre.”
“If this is indeed correct that `India’ is not an accurate term for India before 1947, how is it possible that the word `India’ has been in usage in some form or another from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans? Did Columbus go sear ching for `South Asia’? Are the islands of the Caribbean Sea called the `West South Asianes’ instead of the `West Indies’? Was it the British East `South Asia’ Company that led colonial trade and exploitation?
Should be Akhand Bharat 🙂
India exited even before America was discovered by Columbus. Remember the reason why Americans were called Red Indians.
India is S;outh Asia , it was never south asia. When I went to UK. Whenever some body asked me are you south asian. I said emphatically no I am Indian like chinese are from china and not east asia. JAMBOO DWEEPE BHARAT KHANDE….
India indeed didn’t exist before 1947, but Hindustan or Bharat did!!!
Bharat is d right name, all other names r offshoots
Any controversy born in US is illegal
US is the greatst land grab in human history.30 million NATIVES were killed in process
I think next JNU cultural event would be to debate whether India existed or not…… These hopeless leftist AHs…
It should be called Akhand Bharat or Greater India as known erstwhile
India as a country came only after 1947 and that also because of the British unifying all princely states. The basis being Hinduism as Sri Lanka and Burma which were also ruled by the British were not unified with India.