A controversy has erupted in Kerala over a routine state government circular restricting everyone except the 'heads' from hoisting the national flag in schools on January 26.
A controversy has erupted in Kerala over a routine state government circular that restricts everyone except the heads of institution from hoisting the national flag in schools on January 26. The circular was issued hours after reports said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will unfurl the national flag at a school run by Sangh workers in state’s Palakkad. As per the circular, heads of educational institutions have been asked to hoist the tricolour accompanied by the singing of the National Anthem. Last year, a row had erupted after Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at Karnakiamman higher secondary school, a government-aided institution, flouting an order by the Palakkad collector on Independence Day last year. However, PTI sources said that Vyasa Vidhya Peetam Higher Secondary School in Palakkad, where the RSS chief is to hoist the flag, is run by Vidhyabharti, an organisation of RSS workers. “This is not a government or aided school. The school management will decide who has to hoist the flag,” RSS’ state coordinator K K Balram was quoted as saying by PTI. Balram added that school is a private entity and government order is not a binding on them.
On the other hand, RSS chief is visiting Kerala to attend a three-day camp of RSS workers at the school. Balram added that organisational work and expansion of Sangh’s activities in the coming years would be discussed with more than 5,000 office-bearers taking part in the camp
Earlier today, Bhagwat addressed a meeting in Mumbai and said social transformation is needed to end caste politics. He said that caste politics exists because people vote in the name of caste. “In any sphere of life, be it trade or politics, the ethical practices adopted socially get reflected in politics. There is a need to bring about a change,” Bhagwat said. “Politics, by itself, is not the way through which change can be brought about, because while treading the path (of politics), if they want to keep walking, they have to do so keeping the prevalent situation in mind,” he said.
He further added that politicians can rectify things up to a certain limit and that self-interests need to be sacrificed to improve things. “Today, for example, one may decide that caste politics should not be played. However, caste politics is done because people vote in the name of caste. If one wants to survive, it has to be done,” he said.