Baba Ramdev: Everyone Should Chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai

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Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend the Maha Kumbh festival, which is one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days and falls every 12 years. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A country-wide ban on cow slaughter is necessary to prevent sectarian clashes and foster communal harmony, yoga guru Ramdev said today while also suggesting that the law should be amended to make everyone chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

In the wake of the row kicked up by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi with the remark that he would not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Ramdev said the Centre should bring an amendment to promote the chanting of the slogan.

“Even though it is not written in the Constitution that one should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, there should be no problem in chanting it… Therefore, an amendment should be made in the law so that everyone says it,” he said.

Talking to reporters at the city airport here before leaving for a religious function nearby, the yoga guru said, “It is my humble appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enforce a total ban on cow slaughter across the country. I am hopeful to get a positive response from the PM.”

“I believe that a country-wide ban would bring harmony between various communities and reduce communal clashes.” He claimed there was no cow slaughter in India till the 18th century and “even Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had imposed a total ban on this activity”. “Uttar Pradesh, which is a highly-sensitive state, has imposed a ban on cow slaughter too,” he said. Ramdev also slammed Congress MP and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor for comparing JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges, with freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

“This is an insult to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting for the freedom of our country,” he said.

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