Amidst this all charged atmosphere of political sloganeering, here is another bomb dropped by none other than the controversial M.P of Hyderabad and AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaissi. Replying to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment that the new generation should be taught to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, Owaisi while addressing a rally in Latur, Maharashtra, yesterday, said he will not chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” even if a knife is put to his throat. The constitution doesn’t make this mandatory, he added.
His comment has drawn fresh criticism from all major Political parties including BJP, Shiv Sena and Congress. While leaders from BJP and Shiv Sena, reacting sharply to Owaisi’s comment, seem willing to send him to Pakistan. Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said, chanting slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” is a matter of choice. Political battle over the comment is rife while Asaduddin Owaisi said he stood by his comment asserting once again that he has not violated any law or constitution in what he said.
While political parties are busy making most of this controversy, it remains to be seen if any legal proceeding is induced against Asaduddin Owaisi as many of the leaders are demanding an inquiry into it. In view of the ongoing debate on nationalism and sloganeering, it seems incumbent on India’s judiciary to come up with a detailed analysis of what constitutes nationalism, what acts constitute anti national, what is sedition and such, so that people, trying to make petty gains by stirring such sentiments, should be curbed.