”Bharat Mata Ki Jai” misused to construct militant India: MMS

Hailing the role of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in shaping India a modern nation state, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Central government, saying “nationalism” and the slogan of ”Bharat Mata Ki Jai” are being misused to construct a militant and purely emotional idea of India.

Speaking at the launch of a book on Jawaharlal Nehru”s works and speeches here, Singh said: “I am extremely happy that this book makes an effort to revisit Pandit Nehru. He had led this country in its volatile, formative days when we adopted democratic way of life, accommodating divergent social and political views.”

The former Prime Minister said that Nehru, who was very proud of Indian heritage, “assimilated it”, and harmonised them into the needs of a “new modern” India.

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