"Even in English, you can write 'Bharatiya'. Writing it as 'Bharatiya' does not violate any rules of the language, because there is no translation of proper nouns," he said.
To explain his point about proper nouns, Bhagwat said he is addressed as "Mohan" everywhere.
"There is no translation possible for Mohan. Wherever in the world I go, I am Mohan, all of us are Bharatiyas," he said.
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