New Delhi, March 1: Slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah’s statement that there is a need to define anti-nationalism in the country, the Congress Party on Wednesday said nobody would accept the definition of nationalism from the party that is “divisive, sectarian and regressive” in its outlook.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said any attempt to redefine anti-nationalism would be resisted by Congress party and the nation and its citizens do not need a certificate from BJP.
He said, “India is a republic, democratic, multi-religious and a multi-lingual society. Nobody is going to accept but we can only reject any definition or certificate which is issued by those whose own credentials and commitment to the constitution has been suspected for long.”
He further said no one from the ruling party including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have received a mandate by the country to redefine Indian nationalism.
“The Indian national movement had clearly decided what Indian nationalism is and those who believe in the mandate of the constitution, in the principles enunciated there under and subscribe to that can be termed as a true nationalist,” he added.
Amit Shah in a TV interview had said, “BJP would define anti-nationalism. When is there no violence? Violence amongst students is a common issue, but anti-national sloganeering in any college or university must not be tolerated.”
The statement had come in backdrop of the unrest prevailing in the Delhi University following disruption of an event themed ‘ Cultures of Protest’ at Ramjas College. BJP’s ally ABVP had object the event as it featured Umar Khalid, a student accused of anti-national sloganeering at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in February 2016.
A ‘Tiranga’ march was organised by the ABVP on Monday in order to invoke nationalist sentiments on the campus. The students of Delhi University on Tuesday had staged a protest against the ABVP at the SGTB Khalsa College in North Campus.