Republic Day 2018: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurled the tricolour in Kerala's Palakkad district on the occasion of Republic Day on Friday, defying the state government's diktat that prevented him from doing so.
Republic Day 2018: Defying the Kerala state government’s explicit order that only school heads can hoist the National Flag on Republic Day, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurled the tricolour in a Kerala school on Republic Day (January 26) again this year. Bhagwat today unfurled the flag at a school in Palakkad, just like he did last year after being restrained by the district administration from hoisting the flag. The circular of the state forbids to do so as it says that only the heads of educational institutions should hoist the tricolour accompanied by the singing of the National Anthem. Last year too, the then Palakkad district collector had issued a memo to the Karnakiamman Higher Secondary School saying it was not appropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag at a school.
On the other hand, the RSS leaders have maintained that no law has been broken as the directive is not binding upon the Palakkad school as it is not run by the state but follows CBSE curriculum. This circular applies to 12,000 schools that include government schools, government-aided schools and recognised unaided schools, as per media reports.
The latest faceoff between the CPM and the RSS comes at a time when the Sangh and the BJP have stepped up their campaign against the Left government, blaming it for the spate of political murders in the state, especially in Kannur. In October last year, the BJP held a statewide march where party chief Amit Shah openly hit out at chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan blaming him for political violence in the state. No reactions have come from the CPM side as of now.
A day before, 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.