Even Knife to My Throat Won’t Force Me Say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai: Owaisi

The religious divide in India is getting worse with the Hindu nationalists, especially the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideology wing of Hindu Sanghis calling for imparting education to all Indians to say “Bharat Mata ki Jai’ from childhood to invoke nationalism getting an equally reverse rhetoric by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi.

Speaking to Muslim groups in Udgir tehsil, Latur district of Maharashtra, Owaisi said: “I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab?” He further said,”I won’t utter that even if you put a knife to my throat… Nowhere in the Constitution it says that one should say: Bharat Mata ki Jai.”

Earlier RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told a meeting of RSS members, “Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’… It should be real, spontaneous and part of all-round development of the youth.”

RSS has been playing pivotal role in BJP rule and it believes that the time has come for a Hindu ruler to ascend the throne after 900 years and it should not be wasted without instilling the spirit of nationalism in India. Prthviraj Chouhan was the last acknowledged Indian ruler by the Sanghis, while Atal Behari Vajpayee’s 5-year-rule remains a failure for them in terms of implementing the Hindu agenda.



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