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New kind of nationalism on rise, says IPS officer

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Sunday claimed the rise of a "new kind" of nationalism, which he said is based on subjective perceptions.

Speaking at the 'Madhukarrao Tamgadge memorial' scholarship programme 2019-20 here, Tamgadge, who serves as the of Police (IGP) in Nagaland, also questionned "silence" of a section of Dalits on the issue of the freedom of speech.

He was the Investigating (IO) in the alleged fake encounter killings of and Tulsiram Prajapati, and alleged murder of Shaikh's wife He had also served as the of police, the CBI, region.

"A new kind of is going on wherein people are defining it as per their own interpretations," he told the gathering.

Observing that a "nationalist environment" is building up in the country in the last 10-15 days, Tamgadge narrated his own example wherein he was questionned about his "patriotism" by a person, after the asked him to desist from sending loaded messages on the

"My father had served in Army for 30 years. I went to a Sainik School, and now I am in cadre for the last 17 years. Against this background, some person doing business in questions me about my nationalism," he lamented.

Tamgadge said a large number of Dalits who secured government jobs have closed themselves up.

"They have lost their right to freedom of speech. We should not limit ourselves so much that we cannot even speak out what is in our heart," he said.

Tamgadge claimed that a few senior government officials purposefully gave a miss to this programme claiming that my events are "political" in nature.

"If you are so scared, then from tomorrow stop saying 'Jai Bhim'. This is bluff and treachery against B R Ambedkar. They are so much afraid to attend the programme fearing that their jobs might come under cloud. This is wrong," he claimed.

was the chief guest at the programme, where a total of 50 needy girls were given cheques and school articles.

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First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 21:55 IST