The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday made singing of the national anthem and hoisting of the tricolour mandatory in schools across the state.
School education minister Vijay Shah said the order was issued to all government and private schools and it would come into effect from the next academic session. Non-compliance would lead to withdrawal of “recognition” of the erring institutions, he added.
The state government’s order comes a day after the Supreme Court asked all cinemas to play the national anthem before a film is screened “for the love of the motherland.”
“The apex court has come out with an excellent order. All along, I wanted to make it compulsory in all schools,” Shah said.
He claimed the move would “play an important role” in imbibing a sense of nationalism among students.
‘Children need to respect the Flag and the Anthem’
“The young students should grow up as citizens with strong patriotic values,” he said, “Children are the future of our nation. So they need to respect the Flag and the Anthem.”
The Uttar Pradesh government in a directive issued in March this year made singing of the national anthem `Jana Gana Mana’ compulsory in the state-run primary schools.
The Madras high court also gave an order in March directing private schools in Tamil Nadu to ensure that the anthem was sung during the morning assembly.
Union HRD ministry after the February 9 incident at JNU, where student’s leaders were booked under sedition charges, had ordered for the hoisting of national flag in all central universities, a move which was dubbed by many as “nationalism by order.”