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Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Jai Hind, Jai Hind, three bags full

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14.09.2017

Madhya Pradesh's school education minister Vijay Shah has come up with a peach of a reform. In a flash of inspired brilliance, he has stumbled upon a sure-shot educational boost for promoting patriotic zeal in students. The students, to begin with, of a district in Madhya Pradesh will answer their roll call, not with “yes, sir/ma’am”, but with “Jai Hind.”

See, the trouble with you and I is that we don’t have patriotic brains. Did it ever occur to you that such a goldmine existed? No, not at all. Why? Ever wondered?

Practical people know shortcuts. Like cheating in examinations, rather than burning the midnight oil (or electricity, now that Piyush Goyal has electrified most of India). Like communally polarising voters using fake news rather than winning votes through good governance. It’s so very hard to deliver on promises. Visuals (somebody burning the national flag, never mind where), insinuations and slogans can be rationed as diet of hatred. After all, isn’t it enough that one does according to his best talents?

So, there are two different roads to patriotism. The long shot is that you empower children and citizens, create a shared excitement about taking the country to the next level of human welfare and fill the hearts of citizens with national pride.

Like what I saw in Seoul, South Korea. In 1988, I was an invitee to a conference that preceded Seoul Olympics by two weeks. The excitement of the people was........

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