Independence Day celebrations: Centre asks states to create ‘patriotic mood’ in schools to realise PM Modi’s ‘New India’ vision, West Bengal says no

Terming the decision of the Mamta Banerjee led government as "unfortunate" Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "The language used in the West Bengal government's memo is strange and unfortunate. I will talk to them. What we have proposed is a secular agenda, not a political party agenda."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2017 3:57 pm
independence day, independence day celebrations, independence day school events, narendra modi, mamata banerjee, prakash javadekar, independence day quiz, new india vision Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has added that the instructions are not binding on the schools and were a part of a “secular agenda”

In an attempt to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ vision, the Centre has directed all the states to organise events in schools that can help in creating a ‘patriotic mood’ and ‘mass fervour’ in the country. However, Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has instructed its schools to refrain from following the Centre’s circular.

Terming the decision of the Mamta Banerjee led government as “unfortunate”, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar shared a copy of the memo issued by State Project Director of the West Bengal Sarva Shiksha Mission, which says that the school education department has decided that Independence Day will not be celebrated in line with the Centre’s direction. Javadekar added, “The language used in the West Bengal government’s memo is strange and unfortunate. I will talk to them. What we have proposed is a secular agenda, not a political party agenda.”

Javadekar also added that the instructions, such as administering of the prime minister’s Sankalp Siddhi oath or commemorating the martyrs of freedom struggle or “various wars/terrorist actions”, are not binding on the schools and were part of a “secular agenda”.

Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, MHRD, in a letter to the states wrote, “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.”

He also added that, apart from administering oath, schools, including those affiliated to the CBSE, may be asked to organise quiz competitions on the struggle for Independence and the country’s development and painting competitions on the same theme. The questions for the quiz can be downloaded from the Narendra Modi App or the government’s official portal.

In the letter, he also requested the states to publicist the events that are held between August 9 and 30, to help create a mass fervour in favor of the mission.

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    rick patel
    Aug 14, 2017 at 4:25 am
    All those who sing patriotic songs will be given free gau mutra and free gau goo also....only bjpigs are nationalist in India ..ha ha ha...
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      Rajesh Singh
      Aug 14, 2017 at 3:42 am
      Mumtaz begum is anti-national to the core. She is only interested in her 30 illegal bangaldeshi muslim vote and has totally lost her mind. The Hindus in WB should teach her a lesson by voting against her enmasse to get her to her senses. She is trying to ride on two boats, which will not work.
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        Abhishek
        Aug 14, 2017 at 3:17 am
        Mumtaz Bano, Quit India.
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          Prafulv
          Aug 14, 2017 at 2:53 am
          Mamta is antisocial anti national and should loose election . Unfortunately people of West Bengal will pay the price for this
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            SC
            Aug 14, 2017 at 2:31 am
            Mamata Didi seems to have gone mad. Her remarks can only be supported by Kejriwal and perhaps even by Rahul Gandhi or those who have studied in JNU.
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              Tilak
              Aug 14, 2017 at 1:31 am
              What the f,c,u,k is "prime minister’s Sankalp Siddhi oath" ? I swear oath to the Republic and cons ution of India . Not to the Prime Minister. I will sing the National Anthem , not praises of the Prime Minister . I will remember those who sacrificed their lives for my freedom , like Shahid Bhagat Singh . Not the Dramey-baaz who spends his time tweeting and giving empty speeches. Don't try to teach me patriotism and save your silly nautankis for you moronic Bhakts.
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                pankaj
                Aug 14, 2017 at 2:09 am
                A-s-s-whole, you can keep your hatred of modi separate from your love for country. Show love for country at such days that is the whom reason you have such days, and so your ic hatred for Modi separately.
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                  Saurabh
                  Aug 14, 2017 at 3:37 am
                  He said the right thing but dumbhakts like you have their brain at the wrong place so you will not see the reason. Moti is Maut ka Saudagar with blood on his hands of 2000 innocent people. No sane Indian should sing praise of him. It is not a dictatorship country.
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                    Tilak
                    Aug 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm
                    I will show the love for my country by any f,c,king way i want . The Pradhan Cowtard and dumBhakts like you can shove their "Sankalp Siddhi oath" up your Mom's a,s,s.
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                    Prafulv
                    Aug 14, 2017 at 4:26 am
                    You are confused. Modi don't give a about him. He wants strong united India Your CM IS MORON AND ELECTING HER ARE WORSE.
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                    SandipKishore
                    Aug 14, 2017 at 1:00 am
                    SAD Mamta goes beyond limits to oppose I Day celebration with tribute to Martyrs any wrong statement could have been pointed out and solution easily found PITY she is becoming autocratic - GOD will teach her a Lesson soon !!
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                      secure
                      Aug 14, 2017 at 12:56 am
                      This I d i o t himself an diplicate desh bakht trying teach others a lesson. Tell Mohan Bhagwath to become Mationalist.
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