Bengal to ignore Centre circular listing Independence Day, PM Modi’s ‘Sankalp’ plans

“We do not need lessons on patriotism from the BJP. Independence Day will be celebrated here this year in the same manner that it is celebrated every year,” West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chaterjee told The Indian Express.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/kolkata | Published:August 14, 2017 3:16 am
independence day, modi government, narendra modi, mamata banerjee, mamata against modi, mpdi sankalp plan, partha chaterjee, indian express news, india news, kolkata news The Union Human Resource Development Ministry had written to all states on August 7 to create a “patriotic mood” by holding events between August 9 and 30 to realise the vision of a ‘New India’.

THE West Bengal government has instructed its schools not to follow the Centre’s circular on building “mass fervour” around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India Mission’ and administering a ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ pledge to all students, while also rejecting a suggested format for celebrations to mark Independence Day this year.

The Union Human Resource Development Ministry had written to all states on August 7 to create a “patriotic mood” by holding events between August 9 and 30 to realise the vision of a ‘New India’. “It is desirable that this momentous occasion should be celebrated with an objective to create a festive and patriotic mood across the nation and a movement is created to involve every citizen of this country in the mission of realising the vision of a new India, which is clean and free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism,” the circular stated, going on to suggest the “participatory activities” that “all the schools/educational institutions may be instructed to undertake”.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chaterjee said the state government is not bound to follow the directives of the Union government on this matter. “We do not need lessons on patriotism from the BJP. Independence Day will be celebrated here this year in the same manner that it is celebrated every year,” he told The Indian Express.

In a circular issued to district project officers of the Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM), the West Bengal Education Department said they should instruct all schools and educational institutions to stop all preparations for celebration of Independence Day as per the directives of the Union government.

“It has been decided by the state School Education Department that Independence Day 2017 will not be celebrated in this manner,” the state government circular said.

Calling the state government’s decision “unfortunate” on Sunday, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar shared a copy of the West Bengal memo. “The language used in the memo is strange and unfortunate. I will talk to them. What we have proposed is a secular agenda, not a political party agenda.”

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In its circular, the Union HRD Ministry had asked all educational institutions to arrange a ‘Sankalp’ programme from August 9 to 30 on the premises of a Shaheed Smarak, or if there wasn’t one nearby, within the school premises itself. It enclosed a copy of the oath for teachers and students to take on the occasion.

The Ministry also said a quiz competition on the Independence movement and India’s development would be uploaded on MyGov website, and available on Narendra Modi app, which students of Classes 11 and 12 could take between August 9 and 15. Classes 6 to 8 could participate in a painting competition, it said.

A West Bengal minister, refusing to be identified, said the counter-circular had been issued on the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Chief Minister feels that this is yet another attempt by the Union government to step on the state government’s authority and is against the federal structure of India. She feels that the Union government cannot dictate how schools of the state will celebrate Independence Day, since individual state governments are quite conscious of the importance of Independence Day and how it should be celebrated,” the minister said.

“They talk about cooperative federalism, but in reality what they are trying to do is bulldozer federalism,” TMC MP Derek O’ Brien said.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh accused the state government of indulging in “anti-national activities”, in an attempt to oppose the Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Is West Bengal out of India? The Union government provides a major portion of the funds under the SSM and hence it has the right to enquire whether the funds are utilised properly or not,” Ghosh said.

Opposition states

KARNATAKA: The government has decided to follow the suggestions of the HRD Ministry and issued an advisory to government and private schools to get students to take a pledge to eradicate corruption, poverty, terrorism, communalism and casteism as part of Independence Day programmes. “We do not see anything wrong with the HRD circular. There is nothing wrong in taking a pledge. The state government has issued circulars in the form of advisories to schools. Government schools will be following it and it is up to private schools to follow,” Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, Ajay Seth said.

PUNJAB: The Education Department issued a letter to government schools on August 10 asking them to unfurl Tricolour on their premises. The letter says “singing the National Anthem has to be a mandatory part of the celebrations”. However, the letter does not mention the ‘Sankalp programme’, which the Centre said be organised near Shaheed Smaraks, or any oath-taking. Krishan Kumar, Secretary, Education, said, “We did not receive the HRD letter till August 10, when we issued our letter. We do not have any objection to HRD orders. We will now issue some separate instructions as per that letter.”

KERALA: Education Minister Prof C Raveendra Nath said he was not aware of any circular from the HRD Ministry regarding Independence Day. “Directions to educational institutions would have already gone out regarding the observance of Independence Day. We would observe it as we used to in the past,” he said. The office of the Director of Public Instruction also said they hadn’t got a circular.

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    SP Saha
    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm
    Mamta has decided to oppose central instructions whether it is right or wrong.She has become a Dictator, she totally follow Islamic instructions.
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      Neeraj Kumar
      Aug 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm
      Karnataka govt is already asking for separate flag.... Beware those days are also not far when these thugs will ask for separate country on name of secularism.....Or just to let modi down........They want these Bangladeshis in India for votes but won't follow central govt. ....Remind them it's not Mr. Modi as individual but prime minister of India voted by majority of Indians......
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        Watch
        Aug 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm
        In 2016, India's total import and export volume is 0.6 trillion dollars,China's total import and export volume reached 3.7 trillion dollars (the world's first), of which dollars 1.7 trillion was import,exported to US $ 2 trillion. In addition, China's exports to India were only dollars 0.06 trillion (Accounting for only 3 percent), China is India's largest trading partner, but India is only China's 20th largest trading partner,India to resist Chinese goods, will only lead to Indian commodity prices rise 3-5 times(The poor and the middle class will be miserable), but no any effect to China
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          Watch
          Aug 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm
          According to the World Bank statistics, as of the end June 2017, India foreign debt totaled 1.8 trillion dollars,interest rate up to 8 percent(China is 2.2 percent),foreign debt annual interest about 142 billion dollars,Account for financial income 30 percent(China is 1.5 percent),far more than the internationally recognized 3 percent of the financial warning line.China foreign debt only 1.6 trillion dollars(China debt,90 percent is China Domestic debt),The most dangerous is India short-term foreign debt interest and other payables than 470 billion dollars,more than 300 billion dollars of foreign exchange reserves,the next is national bankruptcy, currency devaluation, declaring the reform failure of Modi,Therefore,Modi imitated Argentina,in order to transfer the Indian people's attention,Provoke with foreign territorial disputes.Note:80s Argentina reform failed,National economic bankruptcy,Argentina launched to British Malvinas islands War,Argentina fiasco,So lost Malvinas islands
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            Watch
            Aug 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm
            According to the World Bank statistics, as of the end June 2017, India foreign debt totaled 1.8 trillion dollars,interest rate up to 8 percent(China is 2.2 percent),foreign debt annual interest about 142 billion dollars,Account for financial income 30 percent(China is 1.5 percent),far more than the internationally recognized 3 percent of the financial warning line.China foreign debt only 1.6 trillion dollars(China debt,90 percent is China Domestic debt),The most dangerous is India short-term foreign debt interest and other payables than 470 billion dollars,more than 300 billion dollars of foreign exchange reserves,the next is national bankruptcy, currency devaluation, declaring the reform failure of Modi,Therefore,Modi imitated Argentina,in order to transfer the Indian people's attention,Provoke with foreign territorial disputes.Note:80s Argentina reform failed,National economic bankruptcy,Argentina launched to British Malvinas islands War,Argentina fiasco,So lost Malvinas islands
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              Eturu
              Aug 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm
              Mamta Benerji became mental.Better to take retairment and leave the job for others
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                Ahs
                Aug 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                Mr. Eturu, have you done your today's job of identifying anti-nationals for your RSS/BJP bosses. Go and do that first. There are parents of children who died in UP hospital. It seems they are doing anti-national activity of crying for their dead children. Go identify them and catch them. That is your first priority job.
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                  AVS
                  Aug 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm
                  Mr Ahs, I think you need to check your integrity first. Supporting Ms. Mamta just for the sake of supporting is undone for. I do not know what has prompted you to comment like this and support Madam Mamta's anti BJB agenda. We are sensitive and also sad to what has happened to children's in Gorakhpur.
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                Jimky
                Aug 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                Running a country like a school. ATTEMPT TO ERASE BUTCHER MODI's 2002 KARMA. PIG MODI is well covered by ISRAELI ILLUMINATI for which HE STOLE THE TAX MONEY AND PAID TO ISRAEL FOR SO CALLED DEVELOPMENT OF BARAK MISSILES!
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                  Mahender Goriganti
                  Aug 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm
                  Slowly but surely Porkies are taking over Hindustan with the help of Dedi Begums all around with no place for our kids to live in future. Bola shakers don t acknowledge or don 't care for their children's future security.
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                    Ahs
                    Aug 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm
                    Is that the reason your RSS/BJP bosses seem to now not care about the children died in UP hospital?
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                      Porki
                      Aug 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                      Welcome back MG. Howz yar white ex?
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