Thursday, 17 March 2016

Don't Divide Deshbhakti: Bharat Mata Ki Jai Debate

Please Let India Move Ahead! Fight for Slogan? No please!


"Indian Constitution allows me so many this(es). I have the right to do whatever I like. Who are you to say me do this or do that?"


A typical argument that I am tired of listening in the recent days must trouble you as well. The longest written constitution of the world's largest democracy is under different short-term trials that are concluding as per the subject's convenience. When questioned with counter-facts, the people who shout 'constitution constitution' get agitated and even abuse. They forget that Indian constitution does not say you should abuse when you are helpless and run out of arguments! The recent 'fabricated' or 'manufactured' Bharat Mata ki Jai debate trending in India can alarm any conscious citizen of Bharat. What at all we are fighting? This slogan is a praise to the nation, cannot you chant it? Cannot you settle if they don't chant it? Both the questions need adequate attention here.


Being honest, patriotism must not be mixed of jingoism. Being realistic, patriotism should neither be mixed with religion. The concurrent development in India is witnessing the both. Owaisi, on one hand, is trying but to do his best and prove that Muslims cannot chant Bharat Mata ki Jai. On the other hand, yes, there is a group of people that is trying to pass an implicit judgment that those who don't chant it are not patriotic towards the nation. We have bombs in both our hands and the remote control, unfortunately, is in the hands of such people who are trying somehow to 'break the nation in pieces' (was it 100 tukde? Ya isse jyada tukde karne ki bat thi Bharat ki?).


Owaisi, who claims to be the voice of Muslims, sends the message to entire Muslim fraternity in indirect terms that he will not chant Bharat Mata ki Jai even if someone put a knife on his neck. Who asked you to do so, Owaisi ji? Why are you trying to divide people even on the question of nationalism? There is no Hindu Muslim war in the name of Deshbhakti, please. Bharat Mata is not a mata of Hindus only! She equally loves all her sons and daughters despite religion and cast. Please don't draw another line; we are still struggling to come out of the urge of the uncontrolled parrot Azam Khan to communalizing the Indian Army's achievements.


On the other hand, we should fear those people also whom media denotes as 'jingoists'. I agree that only shouting certain slogans cannot make you a true patriot. There MUST prevail a liberty in what someone wants to chant. Yes, the constitution permits it. However, the section 124 in IPC and article 51 A in the Indian Constitution have something to say. If I quote a part of the article in constitution:


"(a) to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem;
(b) to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom;"


Now, Bharat Mata ki Jai is the slogan that thrills your body; it is the only help of those brave jawans who fight for us in the nerve-freezing cold of Siachen. It electrifies the children standing in cues under the hot sun on the days of national events. Coming out in public and thoroughly denouncing that you will not chant it even if it comes to your life is somewhat derogatory for the emotions of all the 12 lacs of brave soldiers in our army and every Indian who loves mother India. Still, I concede that you have the right not to chant it, but please, don't announce it in public!


The intellectuals, who back anything that is but against the mood of the nation must refrain themselves from such moves. It can harm the integrity of our great country. If we wish India to develop and reach ahead of other countries, we need to raise above the petty fights. Politics is for the nation; a nation is not for politics. I hope our matured politicians will soon realize it and will give us a better India. Sure, India is more than an Idea, more than a slogan, more than anything we can imagine!

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