Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat wants whole world to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
During an event in Kolkata organised by Friends of Tribal Society, a sister body of RSS, Bhagwat said:
“We want the whole world to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai. We want to make Bharat rich, free from exploitation and full of self-respect. For that we will have to live that Bharat in our lives.”
Further, elaborating on the meaning of ‘Bharat’, Bhagwat said that it wasn’t limited to the physical boundary of the country but its traditional values were looked upon across the world.
He added, “Bharat is the only nation where the oldest traditions — the Hindu traditions — are still evident. All the other countries have changed, they moved either towards progress or moral degradation. Our traditions are still being followed.”
Ridiculing Pakistan for forgoing Bharat as the name of the country, Bhagwat said that the neighbour country does not accept the qualities which are in Bharat.
“Vedas were created on the banks of rivers in Pakistan, our ancestors spread from there across the world, the grammar of Sanskrit was created there. But during Partition, they chose a different name for their country leaving Bharat for us — because all the qualities they were opposed to are encompassed in the name Bharat.”
The need to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ to prove one’s patriotism has created political furor.
Earlier this month, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi refused to raise the slogan after which he faced lot of flake from BJP and Shiv Sena.
Recently, AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan was suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly over his refusal to chant the slogan.