PAKISTAN: Drop That Name

Nations at odds often share with taunting children and shrewish wives an inspired instinct for the stinging epithet that penetrates and festers. Arab maps sometimes refer to Israel as "Jewish Occupied Palestine." Russians in the U.N. call Nationalist China delegates the "representatives of the Kuomintang." And for some twelve years since the acrimonious partition of the Indian subcontinent, the Pakistani press, with considered malice and conscientious glee, has called India "Bharat" and referred to Indians as "Bharatis."

Though Indians smoldered, they really could not complain. Bharata was a legendary Hindu hero...

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