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Bharatvarsh Arya Ganrajya, India

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[Proposed Flag of Bharatvarsh Arya Ganrajya] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 February 2009
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Description of the flag

The term Bharatvarsh Arya Ganrajya might be roughly translated as “True Republic of India”. Bharatvarsh, probably derived from Sanskrit “bhaarata varSHa” is described in the Vishnu Purana by the following verse:

"uttaram yatsamudrasya himaadreshcaiva dakSHiNam;
varSHam tad bhaaratam naama bhaarati yatra samtatihi."

(In Devanagari: "उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम।वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः।।")

My translation:
“North of the sea (i.e. the Indian Ocean) and exactly south of the snowy mountain (i.e. the Himalayas) [lies the] country named Bhaarata, where [live] Bhaarati (personification of India, later identified with Saraswati, the goddess of speech) [and her] descendants.
(explanations between ( ), necessary additions to text between [ ], retroflex sounds given in capitals)”

“Bhaarata” is name of a mythical emperor, whose descendants were the family branches of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, whose history and the 18-days battle at KurukSHetra (lit: field of the Kauravas) is described in the Indian national epic “Mahabhaarata”. The term “varSHa” in the beginning was the name of one of the 10 cardinal points in Hindu mythology, the meaning moved later to “region”, while “ganrajya” or “gaNaraajya” literally means “rule of the tribe” which turned into “republic” in modern India.

Arun Misra describes Bharatvarsh on: as follows:
“The ancient India, known as Bharatvars or Aryavart, was already a vast Cultural Union and a contiguous Nation, extending from Afghanistan through Myanmar, including Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.”

I think however, the idea of Bharatvarsh was launched by the group “Arya Shakti Dal”. This group claims a greater India, consisting of nowadays Bharat and Pakistan plus Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, but not including Afghanistan and Myanmar. They claim to abolish “anti-Hindu” articles of Indian constitution, re-erection of certain Hindu temples, a revival of Sanskrit language and a Hindu, non secular, republic of India. More details can be found on:

Description of proposal of flag:
It is nearly the same like the current Indian national flag, but the green stripe, symbolizing the Muslim community, is replaced by a saffron stripe.

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 February 2009