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BJP Got It Wrong on ‘Bharat Mata’ Issue : Experts
26.03.16 - BY GAURAV VIVEK BHATNAGAR

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion at the national executive meet of the Bharatiya Janata Party that all leaders should only focus on and speak about issues of "vikas, vikas and vikas” (development, development and development) appears to have been nullified by the political resolution of the meeting itself.
In keeping with the BJP’s decision to play the ‘nationalism’ card by hyping the importance of the slogan ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ (‘Victory to Mother India’), the resolution said: "Our constitution describes India as Bharat also, refusal to chant victory to Bharat is tantamount to disrespect to our constitution itself.” But this assertion of the party, according to constitutional experts, is itself against the spirit of the constitution. 
 
In an article last week, ‘Nationalism Can’t be Manufactured by Reciting Verses’, Soli Sorabjee  – who was attorney general when the BJP-led NDA was last in power – noted how the Supreme Court in Bijoe Emmanuel ...
  



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