The many names of India

  • India is the name of our country, but it was known by different names in different times.
  • Some of the earliest names of India were:
    • Bharatvarsha
    • Jambudwipa
  • India was also called the land of the people who lived along the river Sindhu .
    • The word Sindhu became Hindu in Persian and Inde in French.
    • The word Inde became India in English.
  • The word Hindustan had different meanings in different times.
    • In the thirteenth century Minhaj - i - Siraj used the term ‘Hindustan. He meant the areas of Punjab, Haryana and the lands between the Ganga and Yamuna. 
    • Some medieval scholars used it to mean the lands under the Delhi Sultanate.
  • The Mughal emperor Babur used it to describe the geography and natural vegetation of the subcontinent.
  • In the nineteenth century, during the British Raj, Hindustan became synonymous with India.
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Davneet Singh has done his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 14 years. He provides courses for Maths, Science, Social Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science at Teachoo.