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Why is our country formally referred as India?Why not,,Bharat or Hindustan?Who gave this name??

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Asked by Rohit Soni, 15 Jul '10 07:52 pm
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The English term is from Greek Inda (), via Latin India. Iinda in Byzantine (Koine Greek) ethnography denotes the region beyond theIndus () river, since Herodotus (5th century BC) "Indian land", "an Indian", from Avestan Hindu (referring to Sindh, and listed as a conquered territory by Darius I in the Persepolis terrace inscription). The name is derived ultimately from Sindhu, the Sanskritname of the river, but also meaning "river" generically. Latin India is used by Lucian (2nd century).
The name India was known in Old English, and was used in King Alfred's translation of Orosius. In Middle English, the name was, under French influence, replaced by Ynde or Inde, which entered Early Modern English as Indie. The name India then came back to English usage from the 17th century onwards, and may be due to the influence of Latin, or Spanish or Portuguese.[1]
Sanskrit indu "drop (of Soma)", also a term for the Moon, is unrelated, but has sometimes been erroneously connected, listed by, ...more
Answered by Josna, 16 Jul '10 10:54 pm

 
  
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Bharata
The name is used for the Republic of India. Bhrata is the official Sanskrit name of the country, Bhrata Ganarjya, and the name is derived from the ancient Indian texts, the Puranas, which refers to the land that comprises India as Bharata varsam, and uses this term to distinguish it from other varsas or continents.
According to the most popular theory the name Bharata is the vriddhi/derivation of Bharata ,son of king Dushyanta and Shakuntala who became the first emperor of the unified Greater India.
According to the puranas, this country is known as Bharatavasha after the Jain king Bharat Chakravarti. This has been mentioned in Vishnu Purana (2,1,31), Vayu Purana,(33,52), Linga Purana(1,47,23), Brahmanda Purana (14,5,62), Agni Purana ( 107,11-12), Skanda Purana ,Khanda (37,57) and Markandaya Purana (50,41) it is clearly stated that this country is known as Bharata Varsha.

Hindustan is derived from the Persian word Hindu, which is itself is derived from Sindhu, the origina ...more
Answered by parul advani, 16 Jul '10 04:40 pm

 
  
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Earlier known names of this land was Jambu dweepa (Land of blackberries)..Jambu dweepa was part of a bigger continent called "aryavarta"...one of the earliest known civilizations flourished around the river called "Sindhu" which persians spelled as "Hindu" as they can't pronounce "S"...there were lot of infiltrations of people from central persian region..as per widely known theory, even the earliest vedic people migrated from centra persian regions (between middle east and europe)...later this became known as "Indus valley civilization" by english speaking people...from "Indus" originated the word "India"...actually these names (India & HIndustan) are coined by foreigners...the real indigenous name of this land is "Jambu dweepa"...
Answered by Jafar Basha, 15 Jul '10 08:14 pm

 
  
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India seems to have the acceptance all regions sects of people.
Answered by sankaran subbiah, 16 Jul '10 08:31 pm

 
  
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Britons :)
Answered by conviction, 15 Jul '10 07:46 pm

 
  
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The british gave it
Answered by anil garg, 23 Oct '11 09:25 pm

 
  
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