Rajasthan: National Anthem made mandatory in all OBC, SC/ST hostels

Raje govt orders SC ST and OBC hostels to play national anthem to instill patriotism

The department has almost 800 hostels across the state with 40,000 students.

To "evoke" nationalism in students, state department of social justice and empowerment (SJE) has issued a directive to all 789 hostels for OBC, SC and ST students under its aegis in Rajasthan to ensure that all inmates gather to sing the national anthem at 7am daily. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was the chief guest at the event, News18 reported.

Prior to that, on November 1, the Jaipur civic body had made it compulsory for all employees to sing the national anthem and Vande Mataram every morning.

Department of Social Justice and Empowerment Principal Secretary Dr. Samith Sharma said that the custom of singing the national anthem is not new.

The forced recitation of the national anthem at specified times has been met with controversy, as critics claim that no citizen should be forced to "display" their patriotism in such a manner.

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A government statement released on Monday said that while the national anthem is already recited in residential schools, the same protocol should be followed in hostels as well.

Singing the national anthem will be mandatory at 800 hostels run by the Rajasthan government, a government notification reads.

Meanwhile, assessors and guarantors of patriotism in the other BJP-ruled state of Madhya Pradesh too have issued a diktat stating that students will need to respond with a "Jai Hind" instead of the banal and western import "Yes Sir" or "Yes Ma'am" when their name is called out during the roll-call in class.

He said this would be enforced in all 1.22 lakh government schools, and an advisory in this regard would also be issued to all private schools.

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