Thursday, 18 February 2016

 

Starting with JNU, all central universities have to fly national flag

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Surajkund, Feb 18: All 46 Central Universities will fly the tricolour atop a 207-feet tall flag mast “prominently and proudly” on their campuses to signify a “strong India” and the first will be hoisted at JNU, a resolution adopted at a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today.
“At a central place in every university, the national flag will be flown prominently and proudly,” the resolution passed at a meeting Irani had with the Vice Chancellors of Central universities, said.
The move drew a sharp reaction from the Congress which said nationalism doesn’t mean hoisting the flag and singing Vande Mataram and that it should be reflected in one’s belief in the Constitution. CPM leader Brinda Karat also slammed government for the decision.
Smriti in AmethiThe decision came in the midst of raging row over the arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges for being present at an event on the campus where anti-India slogans were raised. Though the government is facing strident opposition criticism over the issue, today’s move reflects its resolve to adopt an aggressive posture on it.
The proposal for hoisting the national tricolour atop a 207-feet pole was put forward by Irani and unanimously endorsed by all the 46 Vice Chancellors, HRD officials said. She also put forth the proposal for hoisting the first such flag at JNU, which too was backed by all the VCs, they said.

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