When it comes to patriotism, it seems political parties don’t think alike, given the latest fracas between the BJP and Congress over the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign where the government has exhorted every citizen to hoist the national flag in their homes from August 13 to August 15 — when the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations will come to an end.
The Modi government has been celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ since last August 15 to honour 75 years of India’s Independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to people during his Mann Ki Baat radio programme to put national flag as their display photo on social media on August 2 – the birthday of Pingali Venkayya, the man who designed the Tricolour.
The culture ministry posted ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ anthem featuring celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli, Anupam Kher and Asha Bhosle. The video showcases India’s diversity and strength in different fields from sports to army and missile launches.
While many BJP MPs and ministers were seen changing their display photo to the national flag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, the Congress has started a challenge with many of its leaders flaunting the picture of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru holding the Tricolour, as their profile photo on social media.