From what I understand, India is a term that Britain put on Bharat (And in "india", the natives call it Bharat)..

So the name of your land (in your native tongue/language), is Bharat, but what is the term in scripture, for what in English is "an indian" or "indians" ?

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    This question belongs on Linguistics.SE. – ruben2020 Nov 17 '18 at 9:47
  • Hello! Welcome to Hinduism. Language questions are off-topic for our site. As suggested by ruben2020, try Linguistics. – Sarvabhouma Nov 17 '18 at 10:04
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    There was a King named BHARATA. BHÂRATA (notice the diacritical mark above the A) means the descendants of BHARATA. – Swami Vishwananda Nov 17 '18 at 10:50
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    hindi for "indian" is "bhartiya" . it is pronounced as "bhaarteey" – user13590 Nov 18 '18 at 17:13
  • @ruben2020 i've hopefully adjusted the question to make it on topic – barlop Nov 19 '18 at 8:45

In scriptures, the term used for Indian is भारती (Bhāratī) as mentioned in Vishnu Purana: Book II: Chapter III:

uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam

varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī yatra santatiḥ

The country that lies north of the ocean, and south of the snowy mountains, is called Bhárata, for there dwell Bhāratī (the descendants of Bharata).

In Hindi, term for Indian is भारतीय (Bhāratīy).

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    Language questions are off-topic for the site. Please don't answer off-topic quesstions as they prevent automatic deletion of off-topic questions. – Sarvabhouma Nov 17 '18 at 10:35
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    if q can be answered from scriptures it's on topic thats what i can conclude from other Qs on the site..else how history, geography, ayurveda, sanskrit Qs are on topic..? @Sarvabhouma – YDS Nov 17 '18 at 10:38
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    Read faq, help center pages to know what's off-topic or on-topic. Answers don't decide what is on-topic or off-topic. Question does. Whoever gave the definition you said didn't know SE way of scope. There was a question about presence of onions in pickles. If some scripture answers that question, should we reopen it and answer? History of Hinduism, questions on Ayurveda, geography is about the places present in texts. They should be related to Hinduism and should ask religious questions. That is the criteria for being on-topic. – Sarvabhouma Nov 17 '18 at 10:40
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    Trust Meta discussions about scope. See related question hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/a/540/5212 . This question is just asking what is the Hindi translation of Indian. That is not a Hinduism question and suited for Linguistics. They are the translators. Not us. – Sarvabhouma Nov 17 '18 at 10:50
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    @YDS Yes ur undertanding is correct. Hinduism is the religion that is based upon/derived from Hindu scriptures. So, if something is part of some scriptures it is part of Hinduism. Although I am not quite sure abt whtr this particular Q is on or off topic. But I am upvoting becoz it's sharing something useful for the readers. – Rickross Nov 17 '18 at 10:52

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