We all are familiar with the name “Hindustan”. But only a few of us exactly know the reason behind this name. People have many misconceptions about the Hindustan and the think that it has some religious connection. Many people have a wrong belief that the word ” Hindustan” represents the people of a particular religion but it is totally wrong. Hindustan- Hind- Sindh- India all are derived from river Indus. The word Hindu itself comes from Indus. There was no word called Hinduism. It was known as Sanatan Dharma. The foreigners from West gave the name Hindus for people living east of Indus and therefore this place was named Hindustan.
It’s a very common misconception about the name Hindustan. It was derived from Indus-sthan land beyond Indus and it has nothing to do with Hindus the name India also has same roots. At the time of Harappa and Mohenjodaro the foreigners used to call the people of South-Asia as Hindus. So not only Indians are the people who are called Hindus, All the people of South-Asia are Hindus and it’s the domicile of the people of a particular area.
All the people of South Asia were called as Hindus by the foreigners. At the time of the Harrapan and Mohenjodaro civilization, when the trade was established, and the who resided on the banks of the river Indus were called “Hindus”, the name was given to them. Initially they were call them by the name ‘Indus’, then after some time the people changed the name to ‘Indos’ and many other names. Hindus was used by most of the people and it was accepted globally.
Lots of people are having myths and misconceptions regarding the “Hindustan” and they even think that it’s because of the religion of the majority people in India. But, it has nothing to do with the religion and it only resembles the people who follow certain customs and belongs to the particular culture. Some politician also sometimes spread rumours regarding the name “Hindustan” just to create a communal divide in the society and to take advantage from it so that they can be benefitted from this at the time of elections.
We know that each country have a name in almost every language, and almost in every language meaning is same, just pronunciation varies. But in our nation, we ourselves have various names for our country, Be it India, Bharat or Hindustan. Just like a person can be called from different names, India also has many names due to the rich culture and presence of many languages and customs. But officially its name is India and it’s been known by the people worldwide.
Australia, Japan, China would have surely derived the names from their mother tongue or would have separated names in their mother tongues-Mandarin and Japanese. Nextly UAE is called Sanyukt Arab emirate. Egypt called Misr by us and would have a separate name in their language. Finally, Bharat was named after the great king Bharat and India I guess was given by Englishmen. Hindustan would have been from ages and still has been continuing, the reason of being a Hindu country at the time. But the fact is every country has different names.
Well, you have to accept the diversities over here and the number of languages as well. Anyone going abroad would say that I am from India not Bharat, Hindustan or any other term. That’s the same with other countries too. They would also have different names in different cultures of their countries. But when they come over here they won’t name their country in their regional language or culture (some may do) but the name which is internationally known. This the basic concept of the different names