Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Five months after decision, Madhya Pradesh govt mandates 'Jai Hind' in schools

Five months after decision, Madhya Pradesh govt mandates 'Jai Hind' in schools

In a bid to instil patriotism in children, the state of Madhya Pradesh in India will mandate school students to reply to roll calls with a "Jai Hind" instead of the plain old "Yes Sir" or "Here Ma'am".

State Education Minister Vijay Shah had announced in October previous year that the same would be extended to every school across the state but the department had till now refrained from issuing the order.

The school education department in MP has already made hoisting of national tricolour and singing of national anthem compulsory in all schools on a daily basis.

"Different words are used to mark the attendance". This step is meant to instil a sense of pride and patriotism among the students, according to an official statement released by the education department.

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The order signed by Pramod Singh, the deputy secretary of School Education Department added that in order to infuse the spirit of patriotism among school students it has been decided by the state government that students will have to answer their roll calls/attendance calls in the class by saying 'Jai Hind'. There are thousands of schools that are running just on paper as there are no buildings. Whereas this thing will be optional for all the private schools in the state.

BJP spokesperson Rahul Kothari is in high praise for the initiative.

The Times of India sources said that the chief minister has given permission to the education department after which the order was passed to the state-run schools. On the other hand, another spokesperson from the opposition, KK Mishra, from the Congress party, said patriotism can not be forced onto people. 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.

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