We come to know of Shakuntala from two sources: Mahabharata and Kalidasa's poem Shakuntal. The Shakuntala depicted by Kalidasa is a damsel in distress. An abalaa. With the introduction of the ring and Sage Durvasa's curse, Kalidas tries to make Dushyant look better. Whereas in Mahabharata she is depicted as a woman of courage and knowledge. A woman who fights for her rights. A woman who proves her chastity, all by herself. Shakuntala, unlike Sita does not get a Sage Valmiki to do so. She is all alone in her fight, and the brave, strong Shakuntala fights till she wins!
King Nahush caretaker of Indra's Kingdom
Atlast, Sage Kanva sends Shakuntala and Sarvadaman with few diciples to Pratishathan. The deciples leave her at the court, introduce Shakuntala and leave. Shakuntala informs the king that Sarvadaman is his son, reminds him of his promises and asks him to accept her and his son. Dushyant refuses to remember anything at all. He even says, "You are a daughter of an Apsara. Who should believe in the character of an Apsara? I have never seen you in my life. And this child is certainly not my son!"
On this Shakuntala gets very angry and says "O King! The most important thing in the world it is the truth. You think there was no witness to your deed. But your conciense is a witness. People wish for a son, and your own son is here, and you want to give up the joy in holding a child in your arms? Dont accept me if you wish so, but atleast accept your child. And if you do not wish to accept your child, so be it. I shall go away with him. I am strong enough grow him up myself into an emperor!" The ministers in the court were impressed by her speech, and believed she spoke the true. Dushyant then accepted Shakuntala and Sarvadaman. He crowned Sarvadaman and named him Bharat.
King Bharat. After whom the country is called Bhaarat.
Bharat became the king of Pratishthan after Dushyant. Bharat, is unquestionably the greatest king of this land. After him the country came to be known as Bhaarat. He had nine sons, and none of them seemed fit to rule after him. So, he adopted a capable child, who succeeded Bharat