The silly politics over Bharat Mata Ki Jai
Do you really think I love my country less if I don’t want to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”? Really?
I think from the issue of who is national and who is antinational, we are now entering the realm of the absurd. “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” is a very nice slogan and I have no problem saying it personally but I also believe that a person who does not want to say it doesn’t necessarily become antinational.
And before you jump the gun, I’m not saying that we should go hug people who say “Bharat tere tukde honge”… those guys need a nice kick in their ass, but that’s a different issue. They are uncouth people and they don’t deserve your respect.
But I’m talking about people either whose religious constraints don’t allow them to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” or they simply don’t feel like it despite having no doubt about the integrity of the country. There are many people like that.
I totally understand that it’s great fun forcing those you think have some ulterior motive for not saying “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, but what are we reducing the slogan to? Every slogan that eulogises your country must come from within, with a feeling, with a true emotion. It should not be jingoistic and you should not intimidate people into saying that because it is not something to feel proud of, it is something to feel ashamed of, that look, people need to be intimidated into saying something reverential about your country. It is like having sex with an unwilling partner because nobody willingly wants to have sex with you.
We shouldn’t forget that no matter what our political differences, we all belong to the same country. A better country is better for everybody. We’re not each other’s enemies. Yes, we can score political brownie points, but we don’t need to humiliate each other or insult each other. If the others do that, it doesn’t mean that you also have to do that.
I would suggest, let people who don’t want to say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” not say. Don’t judge them just because you want to shout this slogan and they don’t. Maybe they are greater patriots then you are because they understand that in order to show their patriotism they don’t need to shout the slogan whereas you feel insecure when people don’t shout it.