Senior RSS functionary Bhaiyyaji Joshi samvada
Vaidya clarified that Joshi had “nowhere” stated he has asked for any change in the national anthem or flag. He held that Joshi was only deliberating on the difference between “Rajya” (state power) and “Rashtra” (the nation).
“…The sentiments expressed in Jana Gana Mana have been expressed keeping the state in view… However, the sentiments expressed in Vande Mataram denote the nation’s character and style… Both deserve respect,” the RSS general secretary said.
Bhaiyyaji Joshi along with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat samvada
Joshi’s comment came after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said on March 27 that “we want the whole world to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. We want to make Bharat (India) rich, free from exploitation and full of self-respect. For that we will have to live that Bharat in our lives.”
Bhagwat’s comment was opposed by MIM leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi.