ONLY “JAI HIND”, “JAI BHARATH”

ONLY “JAI HIND”, “JAI BHARATH”

No more “YES SIR, YES MADAM”, “PRESENT SIR, PRESENT MADAM”, instead only, “JAI HIND AND JAI BHARATH”, will be heard echoing and reverberating through the school class room walls, while taking the attendance roll calls from all the schools in GUAJARAT State, following their predecessor RAJASTHAN State W.E.F. 1.1.2019. A circular to this effect has been issued by the State Education Department, making it mandatory for school students. A Government Resolution on the mandate was also released by the Department on Monday.

Officials of the State Education Department said, the move is aimed at promoting patriotism, kindle the inherent, latent, nationalistic feelings among students from an early age. The State Education Minister of Gujarat, Sri. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, said, “When he was a student, it was compulsory for him and other students to confirm attendance by saying, “JAI HIND/JAI BHARATH”. This Practice was later discontinued. The State has taken a decision to resume the practice from Tuesday onwards i.e., from 1.1.2019. He further added, “A student says YES SIR / YES MADAM, at least 10,000 times during their schooling. If they replace this with JAI HIND, JAI BHARAT, it will harbour sentiments of patriotism among them”.

The Notification to this effect, reads as, “District Education Officers (DEO) are supposed to ensure that the circular is strictly implemented across all the Government, grant-in-aid and self-financed schools”.

During the recently held, 64th National Convention of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, (ABVP) in Ahmedabad, the recipient of Professor Yashwantrai Kelkar Award, Sri. Sandeep Joshi, a school teacher based in Jhalor, Rajasthan, said, “We implemented this practice in his school where he works, as a pilot project. However, it got extrapolated to being implemented across the Schools in State of Rajasthan”.

Sri. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, was also present at the ABVP Convention, when Joshi ji shared this information. When asked if the Rajasthan Model is being followed in Gujarat, Sri. Chudasama said, “There is no harm in adopting best practices in education that are implemented in other parts of the country”.

Every Indian should take pride in the family, society they come from and the Nation they belong to. Our age old customs which were existing in the PRE-INDEPENDENCE days, have become non-existent now. People were motivated, by patriotic songs being sung, in any social gathering which had either commenced or ended with, those days. This practice just disappeared with post-independence changes. Greetings like this, changing from the “YES SIR, YES MADAM”, stereotyped slavery slogans, would bring back the belief in us and in our culturally diversified but rich nation. I hope all the schools in the rest of the states would follow suit, to this way of marking attendance in tandem.

LETS’ GREET AND SAY, JAI HIND, JAI BHARATH, VANDE MAATARAM, NAMASTE WITH ANJALI MUDRA……

VIJAYASHREE RAMESH, CHENNAI BASED ADVOCATE.