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Bharat

Bharat (bərŭtˈ) [key], a name for the Republic of India. It is derived from Bharata, a tribe famous in Vedic tradition. Some Indians, particularly Hindu nationalists, prefer this name to that of India, a name they believe to be of foreign origin.

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