The Madhya Pradesh Congress has slammed Education Minister Vijay Shah for replacing Yes Sir or Present Sir as answers to the morning roll call in government school across the state with Jai Hind.
"Jai Hind is a slogan that is raised by every student after reciting the national anthem or the national song whatever the case may be in the morning assembly. The state government by issuing such orders is insulting those who sacrificed their lives during and before the Independence struggle," chief Congress spokesman KK Mishra, while reacting to the education minister's directive said to India Today.
The education minister in Satna on Tuesday had announced that students of all government schools in the district would be answering the roll call with Jai Hind come October 1. Shah also called it a pilot project, which, according to him would be extended to other districts as well.
"Students in Satna district from October 1 will answer the roll call by saying Jai Hind instead of Yes Sir or Yes Ma'am. This will inculcate a sense of patriotism and pride among students," Vijay Shah had said in Satna on Tuesday evening.
Shah even claimed that the Jai Hind proposal will not be confined to only government schools. "Private schools too will have to follow this but we will issue a separate order for them," Shah said while emphasising that everyone needed to be patriotic.
Manak Aggarwal of the Congress called it fake nationalism. "Vijay Shah does not what he is saying. In fact, recently the education department had convened a conference on Right to Education in the state capital. Officers from across the state attended this conference and Shah who presided over the conference in his presidential address spoke just about Right to Information and forgot that the conference was on Right to Education. So he really does not know what he is saying and he need not be taken seriously," Aggarwal while chiding Shah said.