Experts believe that the Union government got worked up by the emergence of the new opposition coalition with the acronym INDIA, more so, as state elections were around the corner and the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. They tried to counter this alliance by suggesting “Bharat” as the country’s official name. Outlook examines the two issues emanating from this controversy: the “India, that is Bharat” discourse and the ongoing elections in five states.
We examine the two issues emanating from this controversy: the “India, that is Bharat” discourse, and more importantly, the ongoing elections in five states.
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Jhabua, commonly known as the Adivasi capital of the state, is the poorest of all in Madhya Pradesh with 49.6% people found to be multi-dimensionally poor. Among the top-ten poorest districts in the state, six have more than 70% Adivasi population.
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Chhavi Rajawat, the former sarpanch of Rajasthan’s Soda village, says her age and gender often led to ego wars and there were major roadblocks, but she persisted and eventually managed to garner the support of the people. It took around three years for people to accept her as a leader and stop using gendered-tinted language.