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Centre wants to create patriotic mood on Independence Day; Mamata says no

States were asked to create a 'patriotic mood' to realise PM Modi's 'New India' vision

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Mamata Banerjee, TMC chief, West Bengal
TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing the party's Martyr's day rally in Kolkata. (File photo: Subrata Majumder)

Ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has written to states to organise events in towards creating a “patriotic mood” and a “mass fervour” to help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ vision.

However, had instructed its to desist from following the Centre’s circular, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister said, terming the decision of the government “unfortunate”.

Javadekar told reporters, the instructions, such as administering of the prime minister's Sankalp Siddhi oath or commemorating the martyrs of freedom struggle or “various wars/terrorist actions”, are not binding on the and were part of a “secular agenda”. “It is desirable that this momentous occasion should be celebrated with an objective to create a festive and patriotic mood across the nation and a movement is created to involve every citizen of this country in the mission of realising the vision of a new India, which is clean and free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism,” Maneesh Garg, joint secretary, ministry of human resource department, had written to the states. 

In the letter, Garg also requested the states to publicise the events held between August 9 and 30 to help create a mass fervour in favour of the mission. It said apart from administering oath, the schools, including those affiliated to the CBSE, may be asked to organise quiz competitions on the struggle for Independence and the country’s development and painting competitions on the same theme. The quiz could be downloaded from the App or the government's official portal, it said. Javadekar shared a copy of the memo issued by the State Project Director of the Sarva Shiksha Mission, which says that it has been decided by the school education department that will not be celebrated in line with the Centre's circular. 

“The language used in the government's memo is strange and unfortunate. I will talk to them. What we have proposed is a secular agenda, not a political party agenda,” he said.