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MP: Students In Satna's School To Answer Roll Call With 'Jai Hind' Not 'Yes Ma'am'

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Taking an unconventional path to promoting patriotism, students of schools in the Madhya Pradesh city of Satna have been directed by the state government to respond to daily roll call by saying 'Jai Hind' instead of the conventional 'yes, ma'am' or 'yes, sir' response, reported a news agency.

The move will be in effect from October 1, said Madhya Pradesh's School Education Minister, Vijay Shah.

"For now, this is just a suggestion (for private schools in Satna); we hope they'll adhere to it since it relates to patriotism," Shah said to ANI.

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According to reports "if the experiment turns successful" in Satna, the usage of 'Jai Hind'-for-'yes, ma'am' would be made mandatory in all of the schools in the BJP-ruled state of Madhya Pradesh.

"Will take permission from CM (chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan) if experiment turns successful, and would like to implement it in entire MP," said Shah.

The MP school education minister Vijay Shah has been on a drive to "instil strong patriotic values" in its citizens, and last December made it mandatory to sing the national anthem and hoist the tricolour in schools all across the state. Schools not-complying with the directive would result in a reprimand and possible cancelation or suspension of the schools' recognition, Shah had specified.

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Shah's directive to sing the national anthem in schools came days after the Supreme Court directed all cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before screening any film.

"Time has come when people must respect national anthem which is part of constitutional patriotism. People must feel that it is their country. It is because of the country that they are enjoying freedom and liberty," the apex court's bench had said.