Dic­ta­to­rial pa­tri­o­tism

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

This refers to the or­der pro­mul­gated by the Mad­hya Pradesh govern­ment man­dat­ing stu­dents of all state-run schools to an­swer their roll calls with ‘Jai Hind’. This, the or­der states, is to in­still pa­tri­o­tism among the stu­dents. The or­der, to say the least, is dic­ta­to­rial and au­to­cratic and is a di­rect in­sult to the pa­tri­otic peo­ple of the coun­try. How can any­body in­still pa­tri­o­tism on an­other by force? Are those, who im­pose such rules, pa­tri­otic in the first place? If so, let them ex­hibit by re­main­ing straight­for­ward, not in­dulging in cor­rup­tion, pro­vid­ing peo­ple-friendly rule, cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere of amity and friend­ship. Ev­ery­one in the coun­try is a pa­tri­otic; may be one does not ex­press his/her pa­tri­o­tism out­wardly. One does not have to def­i­nitely wear pa­tri­o­tism on his sleeve to prove his pa­tri­otic cre­den­tials.

— V S Ja­yara­man

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