From January 1, students in Gujarat to answer roll call with “Jai Hind, Jai Bharat” instead of “Present”

As the New Year arrives welcoming another year of 2019, the Gujarat Government has decided to mark this beginning on a different note. As they say, it all begins from school, the Gujarat state board schools will give up the tradition of the usual ‘Yes Ma’am/Sir’ and ‘Present’ that have long entailed a daily ritual. Instead, in an effort to ‘instill nationalism’ in students, they will reply ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Bharat’ while marking attendance.

A notification to this effect, written in Gujarati, has been sent out by the Directorate of Primary Education and the Gujarat secondary and higher secondary board. The notification indicates that the decision was taken by the state’s education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama during a review meeting.

The new rule will be commencing as soon as the year begins. In accordance with the new rule, education officers in the state have been told to ensure compliance starting Jan 1, 2019. It is great thought and could have been implemented long ago. Not just Gujarat must adopt this, but every state in India needs to follow the trend in order to build the sense of patriotism in every child.

BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy opined that the move was a good one, saying, “It’s good that Yes Sir will be replaced with Jai Hind and Jai Bharat. English is a language but we shouldn’t follow it in our culture.”

A pinch of oppose was well expected from the Congress ecosystem towards the new rule or like any other rule which comes from the right wing part of politics, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said:

“Attendance is a normal formality in every school. Will this government pressurize everyone everytime? The government may think that people don’t believe in nationalism but the truth is that they don’t know what nationalism is. They are doing dhongirashtrabhakti (roughly – sham nationalism)”

NCP leader Majeed Memon said, “This is a kiddish thought. They’re making a laughing stock of themselves. Your deshbhakti grows not with this, but with your work, behaviour, etc. ”

Well, if a new rule causes no harm to anyone in the society, then there should be no difficulty in accepting it. What had struggled to happen in the past 60 years, why not possibly happen now? Why should be adopt a foreign language and be a reason to promote its growth? Each Indian knows his/her duty but following it on a day to day basis will be something great.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has also been inspired by this move and is thinking to adopt it soon.This is actually the second time in recent months that the Gujarat state board has effected a change in the attendance rules pertaining to the schools that fall under its ambit. In October, the board had made 80% attendance compulsory for students of class X and XII raising eyebrows, though that was clearly more for academic reasons.

Source: Republic World

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