Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Manmohan Vaidya has taken exception to a Kerala administrator’s official diktat that had urged a school authority to cancel the invitation it had extended to Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat.
The sarsanghchalak was invited by the management of Karnakayamman Higher Secondary school, Palakkad, Kerala, to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the school and Independence Day celebrations. While there is a convention of inviting a government representative as a chief guest on the occasion in schools ― in the absence of whom the principal presides over the proceedings ― that nobody else can be invited for the purpose is neither a rule nor a law.
At 11 pm of 14 August 2017, the headmaster of the school received a notice from District Collector P Marykutty, which stated that only the institutional heads or an elected representative can unfurl the national flag in the school. It is however, learnt that no other school had been given similar information, RSS’s Manmohan Vaidya asserted after the function.
“After due consultations,” a statement issued by Vaidya reads, “the school authorities decided that they will proceed as planned and that Sarsanghchalakji must exercise his constitutional rights.”
Bhagwat hoisted the flag along with other institutional heads of the school.
“We condemn such brazen attempts by the CPI-M led government of Kerala to deny the basic citizen rights of celebrating Independence Day and their continuous attempts to poison the state of Kerala with divisive politics,” Vaidya said.
Meanwhile, some excerpts of Bhagwat’s speech have appeared in the media. Addressing the students, the sarsanghchalak said, “It is our duty to remember the sacrifices and hard efforts of those who laid down their lives during the struggle for Independence. We have to bring that dedication to our lives,” reported PTI.
“Our independence is very sacred thing for us. We have to protect it,” he added.
Bhagwat pointed out that India did not get Independence in a day and that it was not the decision of the foreign government to do so. “Since 1857-1947, our leaders strove to get our Independence and they sacrificed everything,” he said as per the news agency whose report several media houses have used.