If we can manage to arrange a satellite surveillance over the current discussions happening in India then I’m pretty sure that the conclusions will be hilarious. probably we would question like what has happened to people? especially to the political class. it seems that a common man who does his daily tasks with keen interest is far more intelligent than these so-called leaders of this country. from the very beginning of the present government, the BJP, and it’s affiliate groups especially RSS have tried very hard to make things communal. some of the examples can be remembered as the beef ban, making the study of Geeta in certain schools compulsory and now it’s about nationalism.
Here if you are not nationalist in a certain way then you are anti-national and a case of sedition can be there against you. but if you go with a certain well-defined method then there will be no issue. you can do anything you want but at last, just you show your nationalism then there will be no problem for you. the current debate is about the definition of nationalism. it’s about who is nationalist or not? few days back Mr. Owaisi, a politician, declined to chant the slogan “Bharat Mata Ki Jay” which literally translates as “mother India be victorious”. it was the very slogan which was used by freedom fighters during the British rule to revive the feeling of nationalism among masses and there were many other too. after having been said this by Mr. Owasi, the ruling party got a chance to politicise the issue further.
though later Mr. Owaisi chanted another slogan which meant the same thing, just the difference was of the words. he had done his job by creating the unnecessary controversy. it could be ignored by the politician but no. it was the golden chance to strike another communal move by the party and Sangh. then after some time, a well-known Indian actor turned politician, Mr. Anupam(AnuPM) Kher tweeted that “the only definition for bharatwasis(Indians) is chanting the slogan, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jay’ and other are escape routes”.
which will certainly not be acceptable to all people. India is a diverse land. here different people live with different belief systems. so they can’t behave or act in a specified way. but we can understand the situation of Mr. Anupam Kher, he has to do something for the party and perhaps this is some of the best things he can do by giving fanatic and unacceptable ideas.
I am not against chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jay” but you can’t force it on me. I will be nationalist my way and there is no need of any definition from others. and I do think that being patriotic/nationalist can be a virtue but lack of patriotism is not a vice. we can contribute to the well-being of this country without being nationalist too. in India, people are very prone to be deceived by the issues like this. if someone gives the ideas like this, they think that this the best person for the country. but in the true sense, he is harming the country’s mind greatly.
two days back I was watching a debate on nationalism on one of the news channels. over there one of the panelists was RSS thinker. when he was asked that why it is necessary to chant a particular slogan. he said that currently there is the lack of nationalist feeling among people and to revive that we need to chant the slogan. which is completely an invalid argument. I don’t see any lack of the nationalist feeling anywhere. he also said that it is the duty of every citizen to chant that slogan which was a disaster from his side. he is no one to tell people what is their duty. they know their duties better than him.