A BJP Councillor is facing condemnation after the video of him dumping India’s national flag on a roadside went viral. Vadodara’s Hasmukh Patel was seen in the video throwing the national flag near what looked like an electric pole.
Patel was seen getting his XUV car after he threw the national flag on the street.
Patel’s act has evoked angry reactions in light of his party, the BJP’s attempts to appropriate nationalism in India. The Uttar Pradesh Pradesh’s BJP government had recently issued a diktat making it mandatory for madrassas to unfurl the national flag and even film the event as a proof of their patriotism.
Embarrassed by the act of one of its own elected representatives, some BJP functionaries have now demanded an action against Patel. Insulting the national crime is a criminal offence under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
BJP has lately begun a tiranga yatra drive in order to what it claims inculcate a sense of patriotism among Indians. The party’s action also emanates from the criticism that its ideological forefathers had not contributed to India’s freedom struggle.
There are historical evidences that several Hindutva leaders such as Savarkar betrayed Indian freedom fighters and wrote mercy pleas to the British colonial power ruling India before 1947.
The man who assassinated India’s father of the nation, Mahatama Gandhi, was Nathuram Godse, a supporter of the RSS ideology.