Why I’ll never chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai!’

Avishek Sahu
March 15, 2016

Yes, I’ll never chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai,’ and the reason is actually very Hindu. You see, I choose to abide by the millennia old definition of ‘Bharat Mata’ rather than the post-1947 definition devised by rashtriyavadis. As far as I am concerned, based on whatever I have learnt about the ancient history of this land, ‘Bharat Mata’ ceased to exist after 1947. And I have this pressing concern, that by raising that slogan, I’d be defiling the legacy of Lord Shiva. Most people dear to me are downright obsessed with the omnipotence of Lord Shiva; so much so, that I fear damnation getting myself to ignore the geographies of the great land he presided over. To know what I am talking about, refer to the following links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katasraj_temple

http://www.dawn.com/news/1096571

Really, how can you take the land that Lord Shiva lorded over, split it into pieces, and ask me to hail one piece in the name of the whole land he presided over?! And this, when I am sure you know, that some great temple in Pakistan was built out of the tears of Lord Shiva! Bharat is the land that houses India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. You don’t amputate Bharat and then ask me to hail one piece of it. That is not nationalism; neither is it patriotism: it is the brutal defiling of the lordship of Shiva.