RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that nobody needs to be forced to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai.’
He said efforts should be made to build a ‘great’ India that is hailed across the globe voluntarily.
His remarks come after BJP patriarch L K Advani termed the controversy over the slogan “meaningless”.
He said the Sangh was striving to raise more and more people who were committed to the cause of creating a great India.
“Our motto should be that we will work more than we take from the society. We should give more to the society,” Bhagwat said.
Terming ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) as the philosphy and core of Indian culture, he said, “We have to present an example before the entire world.”
Recently, a remark by Bhagwat created a controversy in which he said that the younger generation needed to be taught to hail “Mother India”.
In response, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as he was not obliged to do it under the Constitution and that he would not do so even if a “knife is put to my throat”. The issue snowballed into a political slugfest with the Shiv Sena, BJP and other parties slamming the Hyderabad MP over his stand.