Maharashtra’s government launched a campaign on Sunday to urge people to say “Vande Mataram” while receiving phone calls instead of “Hello”.
“Vande Mataram means we bow to our mother. That is why it is our call to the people to say Vande Mataram instead of Hello,” State Minister of Cultural Affairs Sudhir Mungantiwar said at a meeting in Wardha district on Mahatma’s birthday. Gandhi .
A government resolution (GR) issued on Saturday had called on Maharashtra’s government officials and officials to greet people by saying “Vande Mataram” instead of “Hello” during official or personal telephone conversations.
It is not mandatory, but department heads should encourage their staff to do so, the GR said.
It said ‘Hello’ depicted western culture and the word had no specific meaning. “The word is just a formality that does not evoke any emotion,” said the GR.
Greeting people by saying “Vande Mataram” will create a sense of affection, it said, adding that an awareness campaign should be launched to promote it.
Speaking at the event in Wadha on Sunday, Mr. Mungantiwar said: “If people want to say ‘Jai Bhim’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’, or even mention their parents’ names while answering a phone call…. Our call is to avoid saying hello while being called.” During the independence movement, a slogan like “Inquilab Zindabad” (long live the revolution) was banned by British rulers, he said.
“But it inspired a lot of people to join the (freedom) movement and eventually we got independence. Even Mahatma Gandhi had supported (the singing of) Vande Mataram and he had written that in a column that was published at the time,” said he.
Mr. Mungantiwar also said that the state government will release an audiobook on 850 important personalities of Maharashtra who have played an important role in the formation of the state.
“Like the audiobook, we are also coming with MaharashtraTel, where stories and information about important personalities and their contribution will be available in audio format. People can also listen to it while traveling,” he said.
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