24 November, 2020

Sing To Her Glory

Had the Congress remained silent, it would have been seen as though the Congress was supporting Owaisi

Sing To Her Glory
outlookindia.com
2016-03-25T19:14:28+05:30

I n politics, perception is more important than facts. If the Congress had kept quiet in the Maharashtra assembly, the BJP would have gone to town, saying, “Look, the Congress is supporting all those who refused to say Bharat mata ki jai.” I don’t know under what circumstances the Congress decided to support the resolution. But had the Congress remained silent, it would have been seen as though the Congress was supporting Owaisi. The fact remains that, on such occ­asions, if the party doesn’t take a stand, in the kind of polarised politics we are witnessing, the party is likely to lose out. This could be one reason why the party legislators felt compelled to support the resolution.

And what’s wrong in saying Bharat mata ki jai? Owaisi has not been able to explain why he doesn’t want to say it. I don’t subscribe to the view that someone should be forced to say it in Parlia­ment or assembly, but at the same time, they should explain why they don’t want to say it. This was the slogan during the freedom movement—and...

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