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"Jai Hind" replaces "Yes, ma'am" or "Yes, Sir" in MP

16 May 2018

The order signed by Pramod Singh, the deputy secretary of School Education Department added that in order to infuse the spirit of patriotism among school students it has been decided by the state government that students will have to answer their roll calls/attendance calls in the class by saying 'Jai Hind'.

The Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister, Vijay Shah, believes that this measure will "foster patriotism" in students and has directed all 1.22 lakh government schools in the state to strictly follow this order.

Madhya Pradesh government has announced that from now onwards, it is mandatory for the school students in the state to answer their roll-call with "Jai Hind". "We appeal the private schools also to replicate it to instill the feeling of patriotism among students", said Joshi.

The decision to make students answer their roll calls with a "Jai Hind" was initially taken on an experimental basis in September a year ago and was limited to Satna District. While the directive is not compulsory for private schools, they will be issued an advisory in this regard. On the other hand, another spokesperson from the opposition, KK Mishra, from the Congress party, said patriotism can not be forced onto people. There is no need to make it compulsory, the government should first think about the quality of education, lack of teachers in Government schools.

The state government is also planning to mandatorily introduce a tie and a belt as part of the school uniform. "This is the decision taken by state government to instil patriotism among students", said the official order.

The move comes after the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government held trials.

School Education Minister Vijay Shah had first made an announcement to this effect while addressing NCC cadets from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on the occasion of NCC Day at Shaurya Smarak in Bhopal.