Why Rajasthan’s Vasundhara Raje government wants all students to sing national anthem in hostels

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Published: November 28, 2017 3:54:52 PM

In a fresh diktat, the Rajasthan government's department of social justice and empowerment (SJE) has issued directive, asking around 800 hostels for the OBC, SC and ST students to sing national anthem at 7 am daily.

The hostels function under the aegis of the social justice and empowerment department.

In a fresh diktat, the Rajasthan government’s department of social justice and empowerment (SJE) has issued directive, asking around 800 hostels for the OBC, SC and ST students to sing national anthem at 7 am daily. The hostels function under the aegis of the social justice and empowerment department. The directive has been issued to evoke nationalism among students, says a report by the Times of India. The directive became effective on Sunday itself. However, a SJE statement on Monday said the national anthem is already recited in residential schools and tradition must now be followed in hostels also.

Samit Sharma, the principal secretary of the SJE, said that singing national anthem daily was already a part of the routine in the hostels. However, it was not being practiced on a regular basis because of shortage of staff in hostels.

On November 8 this year, Rajasthan Youth Board had organised a programme named “Vande Matram” at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. The stated motive behind organising this event was to fuel a spring of patriotism and constitutional values among the youth.

The event, in which the national song was recited, was attended by thousands of youths. Before this, Jaipur mayor had made national anthem and national song compulsory for municipal staff.  Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoty had even said that anyone opposing this decision “should go to Pakistan”. According to The Indian Express, the decision was taken by Lahoty and JMC Commissioner Ravi Jain.

“There was no immediate reason or cause to take this initiative. At the institution where we work, we should begin our day with positive energy. In any government office, there cannot be a bigger positive sense or positive energy than the national anthem,” Lahoty had told IE.

“Apart from patriotism and love for country, it will also develop work culture, ensuring that everyone goes to work with positive energy. It will increase collectivity and discipline; another aim is to make people come to office on time,” Lahoti added.

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