Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

"Jai Hind" replaces "Yes, ma'am" or "Yes, Sir" in MP


The government has already instructed schools to hoist the Tricolour and sing the national anthem daily in schools.

In September 2017, school education minister Vijay Shah had announced that students of government schools in the Satna district would have to respond to roll calls with "Jai Hind". 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.

To answer the roll call, the government of Madhya Pradesh has made it mandatory to reply with a "Jai Hind" instead of replying with "Yes, ma'am" or "Yes, Sir". The words "Jai Hind" are commonly used in India as a show of patriotism.

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'. "It would be optional for private schools". There are thousands of schools that are running just on paper as there are no buildings.

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Rahul Kothari, a spokesperson from India's ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), applauded the move by saying, "It's a great initiative for instilling patriotism among students".

He also made it clear that the government order was applicable for government schools only. However, Congress leader KK Mishra has criticised the government's move and has been quoted as saying, "We can not force patriotism".

A move similar to this was heavily criticised past year when the Centre issued a directive laying out how Independence Day should be "celebrated" in schools.

Although the order doesn't mention what private schools will be required to do, earlier, school education minister Vijay Shah had said that an advisory would be issued to all private schools in the state in this regard.

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