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How ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ dominated news headlines for weeks

'Bharat Mata ki Jai' has been dominating news headlines for weeks now with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat refusing to let it die down.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: March 29, 2016 11:25:54 am

On the day Jawaharlal Nehru University student union president Kanhaiya Kumar was released on bail, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India.

“Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ (hail mother India). It should be real, spontaneous and part of all-round development of the youth,” the RSS chief had said.

His comments drew a spate of reactions from across party lines, with the most controversial among those coming from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who said that he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife was put to his throat.

Among Owaisi’s most vocal critics were the Shiv Sena, who told him that he should go to Pakistan if he does not chant slogans hailing mother India.

The controversy refused to die after AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan’s suspension from the Maharashtra Assembly for refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

March 3 — Youth must be told to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: RSS chief

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India, comments that come against the backdrop of a raging row over alleged anti-India sloganeering on the JNU campus.

“Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ (hail mother India). It should be real, spontaneous and part of all-round development of the youth,” he said.

Bhagwat, without making any direct reference to the JNU controversy, said this is necessary as “some forces” are telling the youth not to say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. READ MORE

March 14 — Won’t chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, Owaisi tells Bhagwat

(Express Photo by Prashant Ravi) “I won’t utter that (slogan) even if you put a knife to my throat,” Owaisi said. (Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion for infusing patriotism, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has said he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat, prompting Shiv Sena to tell him today he should go to Pakistan.

Owaisi’s assertion days after Bhagwat said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India drew sharp condemnation from RSS, BJP and Shiv Sena while he stood by his statement made at a public rally.

“I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab,” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad said at the rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra on Sunday.

“I won’t utter that (slogan) even if you put a knife to my throat,” Owaisi said, amid loud applause from the crowd. READ MORE

March 16 — Now it’s Congress: Bharat Mata Ki Jai or else

A fortnight after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talked about “destroying relationships” in the name of the flag, his party hounded out an MLA for not saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

The Congress joined the BJP, NCP and Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra Assembly to get AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan suspended. They backed a resolution moved by Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil, disapproving of Pathan’s behaviour and suspending him for the remainder of the Budget session. READ MORE

March 17 — What’s wrong in saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Congress

Waris Pathan, Owaisi, bharat mata ki jai, AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, Bharat Mata ki Jai, Maharasthra Assembly, AIMIM MLA suspended, Hail India slogan, Assembly suspends AIMIM ML, congress support, indian express, india news “Why should anyone have problem in saying it,” said Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. (Source: Express file photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

A day after his party joined the BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra Assembly to suspend AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh supported the House action and said “why should anyone have problem in saying it (‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’)”.

Singh, an AICC general secretary, told The Indian Express there was nothing wrong in the action of the Assembly. “BJP-RSS and AIMIM are in this together. They are raising issues which are irrelevant to the country. First, (RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwatji makes a statement that everyone living in India should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. READ MORE

March 17 — Anyone who doesn’t say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ is anti-national: RSS

The RSS said AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi was an “anti-national”, and anybody who refused to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ was also an “anti-national”. Speaking at the India Today Conclave, RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale also said the Sangh has no objection to homosexuality.

Asked if one could be called a “traitor” for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, Hosabale said, “Of course, he is an anti-national… All the political leaders except Owaisi’s party opposed what he said.” “If someone says he/ she does not want to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ at all, you are not allowing others also to chant the slogan… If anybody says so, he is anti-national,” said Hosabale.

He said ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ are not RSS slogans, but were coined during the freedom struggle. While it is not required to chant these slogals all the time, “there is nothing wrong in saying it,” he said. READ MORE

March 21 — Refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is disrespect to Constitution: BJP

The political resolution adopted at the BJP National Executive kept the focus on nationalism, and emphasised that freedom of expression did not mean a right to seek the country’s destruction. The JNU row and the developments that followed occupied centrestage at the two-day deliberations.

“Freedom of expression and nationalism do necessarily co-exist. Constitution gives right on expressing dissent and disagreement, but not the country’s destruction… The ideology of nationalism guides our beliefs and philosophy,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who briefed reporters, said. READ MORE

March 23 — Controversy over ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ meaningless: L K Advani

PM Narendra Modi, Modi govt, L K adavani, wedding anniversary, Raisina dialogue, india chian relation, Sitaram Yechury, express opinion, sunday opinion This is a meaningless controversy, said BJP veteran L K Advani. (file photo)

Amid a charged debate over patriotism and chanting of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, BJP patriarch L K Advani Wednesday said the controversy over the slogan is “meaningless”.

“I don’t want to comment on it. This is a meaningless controversy (‘yeh ek vyarth vivad hai’)” Advani told reporters in Gandhinagar on sidelines of an event when asked for his comment on the issue.

Advani’s statement comes against the backdrop of AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s refusal to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” saying he is not obliged to do so by Constitution. Prior to Owaisi’s statement that stoked a debate, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said the youth should be taught patriotic slogans READ MORE

March 24 — Everyone must chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, amend law: Baba Ramdev

A country-wide ban on cow slaughter is necessary to prevent sectarian clashes and foster communal harmony, yoga guru Ramdev said today while also suggesting that the law should be amended to make everyone chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

In the wake of the row kicked up by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi with the remark that he would not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Ramdev said the Centre should bring an amendment to promote the chanting of the slogan.

“Even though it is not written in the Constitution that one should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, there should be no problem in chanting it… Therefore, an amendment should be made in the law so that everyone says it,” he said. READ MORE

March 25 — AAP minister to BJP President: Will Mehbooba Mufti say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’?

PDP, BJP, Mehbooba Mufti, J&K govt Will PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’? asks AAP minister.

With the BJP and PDP close to reviving their coalition government in J&K, Delhi AAP Minister Kapil Mishra has written to BJP president Amit Shah asking whether he would continue with the alliance if PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, who is set to be the new Chief Minister, refused to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. It was one of the four questions raised by Delhi’s Water, Culture and Tourism Minister Mishra in his letter to Shah. He was referring to the recent controversy in the Maharashtra assembly where an AIMIM MLA was suspended after he refused to chant the slogan. READ MORE

March 27 — World must say Bharat mata ki jai, says Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said to instill the feeling of patriotism, everyone should chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. “We want the whole world to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai. We want to make Bharat rich, free from exploitation and full of self-respect. For that we will have to live that Bharat in our lives,” Bhagwat said at the launch of a book on the life of late Madan Lal Agarwal, co-founder of Friends of Tribals Society. READ MORE

March 28 — Don’t force anyone to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’: Mohan Bhagwat

A day after he said that “we want the whole world to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Monday said that nobody should be “forced” to say the slogan. “We have to create so great an India that people will themselves say Bharat Mata ki Jai.

We don’t need to force it on anybody. We have to give direction to the world with our life. There is no need to force our system and thoughts on anyone; there should be a desire to consider the whole world as ours,” a statement issued by RSS affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh on Monday quoted Bhagwat as saying. READ MORE

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