Bharat Mata ki Jai row: I can say ‘Jai Hind’, I love India, says Waris Pathan

My objection was as to why should someone put words into my mouth and make me say what they want. My objection was to their forcing me to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai. They should have allowed me to speak in the Assembly before suspending me.

| Mumbai | Published: March 17, 2016 12:59 am
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All India Majlis E-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Waris Pathan on Wednesday said he was very much an Indian citizen who loves the country. Shortly after he was suspended from the state Assembly, Pathan told The Indian Express, “I am willing to say Jai Hind. I love my country.”

“My objection was as to why should someone put words into my mouth and make me say what they want. My objection was to their forcing me to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” he said explaining why he had refused to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Pathan, who represents Byculla constituency in Mumbai, has been given additional security following Wednesday’s outrage in the Assembly against his stance of not saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

According to Pathan, “I have not done anything wrong. They should at least have allowed me to speak in the Assembly before suspending me. This is undemocratic. I am an elected member of the state Assembly.”

However, Pathan wondered why he should apologise, as demanded by a section, when he had done no wrong. “We are elected members in the Assembly. We respect rules and laws,” he said.

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    Mar 17, 2016 at 2:00 am
    "Either its my view of nationalism or none at all". "I define what is patriotism/ nationalism, which you have to follow". These are dangerous trends and precedents, which will ruin the social fabric of our country. To tell someone that, "if you don't say Bharat Mata ki jai, you are not an Indian" is utterly ridiculous. Being an Indian is not about parroting what someone says, but by believing in it. Those who go around forcing people to show patriotism their way, should rather focus on building the nation. And this is certainly not the way.
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      Indian First
      Mar 17, 2016 at 2:04 am
      By the same argument, whoever says Bharat Mata ki Jai is a true Indian. Is it?? Don't we know how many looters of public money, murderers and rapists (wolves in sheep's clothing) are there in our emblies and Parliaments? Are these truly Indians?
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