At a public rally in Latur district of Maharashtra, Osaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM party has proclaimed that he will never say bharat mata ki jai, even if a knife is held to his neck.
His comment was in response to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call to introduce pro-India chants in schools.
Bhagwat made the suggestions in the backdrop of anti-national activities in JNU and other campuses across the country. Imbibing the spirit of nationality must start at an early age, to prevent them going rogue against the nation in their youth, was the crux of the message.
Owaisi’s objection to the suggestion is disgusting. Especially, when a lawmaker makes such comments. If there is no spirit of nationality with the lawmaker’s, then what are they protecting by going to the parliament? Are they protecting their self interests and those who share their beliefs?
I strongly believe that nationality should be central to everybody who wishes to associate themselves with citizenship in India. The suggestion is just an expression which will help young minds orient in the right direction, and help them to become able and responsible citizens, and not end up like Kanhaiyas and Anirbans of JNU.
Owaisi’s justification was that bharat mata ki jai is not part of the constitution, so he is not liable to chanting the slogan. So, then, it is time to get it included and corner those who oppose nationality.