Chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ not a proof of nationalism: Naqvi

New Delhi, April 4 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said chanting nationalist slogans is not a proof of anyone’s love for the nation.

Naqvi told ANI that such issues overshadow the real problems prevailing in the nation.

“Nationalist slogans should not be ridiculed like this, it is not like it is in fashion to chant slogans like ‘bharat mata ki jai’. Chanting or not chanting such slogans do not decide that one person is a nationalist or not. Such issues over shadow the real problems prevailing in the country and this should not happen,” said Naqvi.

Amid the raging debate over nationalism, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday said that those unwilling to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ have no right to stay in the country.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had on March 3, while referring to the JNU controversy said, “Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. It should be real, spontaneous and part of the all-round development of youth.”

Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband had on Friday issued a fatwa against chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki jai’, saying the slogan goes against the tenets of Islam. (ANI)

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