In yet another incident in the Sangh Parivar’s attempt to inculcate hyper-nationalism through schools, the Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Vijay Shah had directed private schools in Satna district to ensure the students answer their roll call with ‘Jai Hind’ instead of the traditional ‘Yes Sir/Madam’ from next month.
“I have a military background; my grandfathers have been in the Army. And whenever they come to meet, they always say 'Jai Hind' which I think is a way of respecting your nation, and the feeling of love for your country is shown through his gesture,” Vijay Shah told the media.
He said that he didn't like the concept of 'yes sir, yes madam' in schools and hence, directed the schools to do this.
“I asked them to make students say ‘Jai Hind,’ because they are the future of India and they should respect and love their country; by doing this the love for the nation will increase among them,” Shah said.
Shah also said that if this mission is successful, then after the Chief Minister's agreement, he would request to implement this all over Madhya Pradesh, whether it's a public school or a private school.
On being asked whether this would be implemented in the private schools, Shah said, “We can only give them a suggestion regarding this, after this how much they follow it, depends on them. I think this is a nationalist approach so they might consider it.”
“And if they don't listen, we would drop the media on them,” Shah said laughingly.
The BJP, which governs the state as well as at the Centre, has often been accused of pursuing a right-wing agenda in educational institutions.