Shiv Sena asks RSS, BJP to clear stand on nationalism

'Till recently, it was asserted that those who protected cows were nationalists and those who ate beef were traitors..' an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: January 11, 2018 3:17 pm
National Anthem, National Anthem in cinema halls, National Anthem not mandatory, Supreme Court order, Jana Gana Mana, India news, Indian Express An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ sarcastically described the SC ruling as “historic or revolutionary”.

Taking a swipe at its ally BJP over the Supreme Court’s ruling that playing the national anthem in cinema halls was optional, the Shiv Sena on Thursday urged “bhakts” and the RSS to clarify their stand on nationalism.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ sarcastically described the SC ruling as “historic or revolutionary”, and said the ruling came after the BJP-led Union government took a position that playing the anthem in halls was “not important”.

“The Supreme Court did a U-turn on its own decision after the Centre took a stand that (playing) the national anthem in theatres was not important… What is the stand of the RSS and other nationalist organisations on this,” it asked.

“It (the apex court’s decision) is a jolt to those who took the stand in the Modi regime that those who sing ‘Vande Mataram’ are nationalists and those who do not are traitors,” the newspaper said.

Calling the government’s position on the anthem cowardly, it said the definition of nationalism was changing every day.

Till recently, it was asserted that those who protected cows were nationalists and those who ate beef were traitors, but the chief minister of BJP-ruled Goa yesterday said there was no ban on beef in the state, it pointed out.

While it has become mandatory to display Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photographs in Madrassas in Uttar Pradesh, there are no norms for the national anthem now, it said.

“It is as if those who died at the gallows for freedom chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ were stupid. What do the BJP bhakts (supporters) have to say about this,” it asked.

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  1. Samuel V.
    Jan 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    RSS dominated BJP Communalizing the nation , they are going to make another Pakistan hindu India,radical religious bondage country, people eating habit in trouble, freedom press is problems , religious freedom in danger level, human rights abuses, economic destroying , Look at India, it's the most miserable country in the world! here are more rats than people, and such poverty and disease! People are starving in India, while the rats get fat and the sacred cows die of old age! Millions people dying lack of food and shelter and Health care . this stupid evil Fundamentalists take care of animals and their welfare, God create these animals for Human use for milk and meat or cultivation, this wicked people made them as God and worshiping, so they are destroying, God given personality and dignity , degrading them self. Oh shame of your people. And also for the tenets of their Hindu religion, Fundamentalism is often seen as violent, intolerant, stubbornly backwards, sometimes inhuman.
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