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What does India mean?
The name India is derived from Indus, from the Sanskrit word Sindhu, the historic local appellation for the Indus River. The Greeks used to refer the country as the other side of river Indus (“Indoi” in Greek), hence they referred Indians as Indoi, which translates as “The people of the Indus”. The Constitution of India and usage in many Indian languages also recognises Bharat as an official name of equal status. The name Bharat is derived from the name of the legendary king Bharata in Hindu scriptures. The name Hindustan, originally a Persian word for “Land of the Hindus”, is also occasionally used as a synonym for all of India. The word Hindu is derived from the Sanskrit word sindhu, the Indian name for the river Indus.