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Create 'mass fervour' around Modi's 'New India' vision: Centre; WB says no

New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI): Ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has written to the states to organise events in schools towards creating a "patriotic mood" and a "mass fervour" to help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'New India' vision.

However, West Bengal has instructed its schools to desist from following the Centre's circular, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, terming the decision of the Trinamool Congress government as "unfortunate".

Javadekar told reporters, the instructions, such as administering of the prime minister's Sankalp Siddhi oath or commemorating the martrys of freedom struggle or "various wars/terrorist actions", are not binding on the schools and were part of a "secular agenda".

"It is desirable that this momentous occasion should be celebrated with an objective to create a festive and patriotic mood across the nation and a movement is created to involve every citizen of this country in the mission of realising the vision of a new India, which is clean and free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism," Joint Secretary, MHRD, Maneesh Garg wrote to the states.

In the letter, Garg also requested the states to publicise the events, to be held between August 9 and 30, to help create a mass fervour in favor of the mission.

It added that apart from administering oath, the schools, including those affiliated to the CBSE, may be asked to organise quiz competitions on the struggle for Independence and the country's development and painting competitions on the same theme.

The quiz can be downloaded from the Narendra Modi App or the government's official portal, it said.

Meanwhile, Javadekar shared a copy of the memo issued by the State Project Director of the West Bengal Sarva Shiksha Mission, which says that it has been decided by the school education department that Independence Day will not be celebrated in line with the Centre's circular.

"The language used in the West Bengal government's memo is strange and unfortunate. I will talk to them. What we have proposed is a secular agenda, not a political party agenda," he said.

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    In Gorakhpur the 'New India Vision' will be "its OK for children to die for want of oxygen, nothing should happen to cows though"

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  • Ravi, Kudla

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    PM Modi should focus on below:
    The promise was of 10 crore new jobs and 100 new smart cities. The delivery: just of jumlas and of hatred & vitriol.

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  • PAM Suvarna, karla

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    There are few ambassadors of mumta banarji who sneaked to our state,and support her n all the way.
    But they don't know that their number is just 5% of the rest who support centers" New India Vision.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    BJP's New India definition of democracy is :
    Democracy is Government of the cow, for the cow and by the cow !

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    In the past Prime Minister Narendra Modi on government calendars and diaries showing him in Mahatma Gandhi's iconic charkha pose, replacing the man who founded the Khadi movement in India in 1920 to boycott foreign goods.
    The pictures, showing Modi working at the traditional spinning wheel, striking Gandhi's classic pose, have appeared on the covers of 2017 calendars and diaries published by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
    Few years back, BJP government decided to stop issuing the commemorative stamps that bore the face of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi on them. The furore that followed had barely subsided when this news cropped up.
    The BJP wants to erase Nehru too. Now party want Gandhi Cleanup Drive who sacrificed their life for the nation.
    The prophets of Sangh Parivar Gurujis are real icon for the BJP.Father of nation Mahatma Gandhi whose Independence struggle against British gave us freedom is now once again being assassinated by BJP for Modi credits.
    Jai Hind

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    It is one more slogan , Bengal CM is right.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    WB is right not to celebrate Modi's New India vision of cow terrorism. BJP and Modi should stop stealing ideas of Nehru and Congress and claiming them as its own. Nehru used the phrase "daring and New India." which Modi has now claimed as his own.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur /Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    When cows are around him what is the necessity to make a 'mass fervour.

    I am expecting at least this independence day Chaaiwaala to announce acchhe dhin for all Indians and 15 lakhs to each poor Indians .


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  • Aravind, Blr

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Ache din have already arrived here in India. Pls come down.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    abcd of losangales usa never come down. for him no ache din

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    Yes yesterday it was given to the innocent kids in uttar Pradesh

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Modi wants to rewrite India's Independence Story ...

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Even on Independace Day Modi's name should circle around for vote bank politics. Are these BJP members thinking people are cows and impose thier will on them anyway possible.

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    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Is there any BJP, RSS, VHP and Shiva Sena leaders, who actually fought for India's freedom or their family members?

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    They only fought for cow.

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