In India, students are being directed to respond to school roll calls with patriotic salutations
Kavita MajumdarMay 16, 2018, 04.07 PM
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- School students will need to reply to roll calls with a “Jai Hind”.
Madhya Pradesh School EducationMinister, Vijay Shah, believes that this measure will “foster patriotism” in students.
BJPgovernment had earlier instructed all schools to hoist the country’s flag daily and to sing the national anthem.
The Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister, Vijay Shah, believes that this measure will “foster patriotism” in students and has directed all 1.22 lakh government schools in the state to strictly follow this order. While the directive is not compulsory for private schools, they will be issued an advisory in this regard.
They also had a trial run for this purpose wherein children attending schools in the state’s Satna district had to cry out “Jai Hind” from October 1, 2017.
Rahul Kothari, a spokesperson from India’s ruling party,
The BJP government, big on patriotism, had earlier instructed all schools to hoist the country’s flag daily and to sing the national anthem as well.
A move similar to this was heavily criticised last year when the Centre issued a directive laying out how Independence Day should be ‘celebrated’ in schools. This order dictated that among other things, students belonging to Islamic educational institutions, Madrasas, had to sing the national song “Vande Mataram”. The Ministry of Human Resource Development also ordered schools to conduct quiz contests, lectures and debates and as proof that this was followed, they were asked to submit corroborating videos the office of Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM) by 31 August 2017.