Bharat Mata Ki Jai- Hail Mother India

Happy Navratri to all!! According to Hindu calendar the Navratri signifies the beginning of Hindu new year. Navratri translates to nine nights, Navratri is celebrated by worshiping Maa Shakti (Mother of universal power) in her nine different forms. Her forms cover the entire spectrum from being a Sage, Kind Mother and Ferocious Destroyer of evil. She creates, sustains and destroys the universe through the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.


Bharat Mata finds no mention in the Hindu history or scriptures. Chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai is an expression of patriotism in India. Also, it has been a centre of debate for past few weeks in India, some people have refused to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai. This has ignited some heated debates in India.

My younger brother Montu-The-Moron (MTM) while out for morning walk with me had few curious questions, that’s what I reproduce below.

MTM- On which Navratri are we going to worship Bharat Mata.

Me- None, Bharat Mata is not worshiped in Navratri.

MTM- if we don’t worship her why this controversy about chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Me- It’s patriotic to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Every Indian should do that.

MTM- The one who does not chant it is not a patriot, is it?

I am taken aback, it took few seconds to recompose myself.

Me- Maybe….. Hmmm, not really, it’s good to chant it, as much as it’s good to say Jai Hind( May the victory belong to India).

MTM- you haven’t answered my question.

Me- No, one can be a patriot even if he does not chant it. But not chanting it definitely means you are dis-respecting the country.

MTM- I have never seen anyone chant Mata Pita ki Jai (hail mother and father) in our family, does it mean we don’t respect our parents.

Me- Montu you are a moron, mind it. Be quiet and keep walking.


MTM- How does Bharat Mata look like?

Me- She looks much like Maa Shakti, mounted on a Lion with Indian flag in her hand.


MTM- We are a secular country, why Bharat Mata should look like Hindu Goddess? Constitution allows Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Jains etc. all to carry out own faiths.

Me- May be we can allow people not to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

MTM- Where does one get a certificate of patriotism? Is it some university that gives it? May be JNU. I need one, else they will say MTM is not a patriot.

Me- No MTM there is nothing like a certificate of patriotism. You don’t even need to prove to anyone that you are a patriot.

MTM- Then why people on TV channels scream you must say Bharat Mata ki Jai if you are a patriot.

Me-It’s only on TV MTM. Only politicians do it, none else.

We reached home back from the walk. MTM had taught me a lesson or two. Still, MTM remains a Moron.






15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharat Pathak
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:13:44

    we can have. we are a nation of adoption and adaptation. Mother mary in many churches is draped in saari, its finest example.
    yet democracy gives us entitlements which cant be denied.

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  2. bhaatdal
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 17:04:12

    Very good point we never chant Mata Pita ki jay .. Jo shahid hua woh gumnami mei chala gaya jo nare laga raha tha Mashhoor ho gaya …., Bharat Mata ki Jay

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  3. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 17:03:12

    Tell me why can’t Bharat Mata be allowed to change her dress once in a while? If she is dressed up in a more contemporary style, will then people still have a problem with saying Bharat Mata ki Jai?
    The other thing is while they show the country as Bharat Mata, yet they do very little to address the gender based discrimination against women.

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  4. Sharat Pathak
    Apr 10, 2016 @ 16:47:13

    Thank you for it. Its really an honour. it encourages me a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. SpiritualJourney17
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 23:49:32

    Nominated you for the Liebster Award. See my latest post.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sharat Pathak
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 10:10:30

    Thanx for going through it. Its a real encouragement when people from all cultures comment on ones writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sharat Pathak
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 10:08:21

    Ha Ha… Thanx for your valuable time and effort for reading and commenting. Its not far off some day some idiot politician will come up with idea of certification as well.

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  8. Sharat Pathak
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 10:05:45

    True, one needs self certification, thats where the political debate should end.


  9. Sharat Pathak
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 10:04:15

    AP I never said if its RSS or someone else. I haven’t commented on ideologies which people have. I appreciate your emotional engagement with the country. each Indian needs to have it.


  10. Ajay Pajiala
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 09:44:36

    My dear friend Pathak u have conveyed absolutely valid point.One is not a traitor who doesn’t chant Bharat Mata ki Jai. ..yes every one has the right to live the way he wants to live…but making issue of no issue in order to have political gain is more dangerous…If RSS said that one should say Bharat Mata ki Jai…does this make RSS activists criminals?Was is said something which was hurting the sentiments of any particular religion..If no then why Mr Obesy who has number of times given so many ill statements against non Muslims jumped into the scene . Muslims r our brothers and sisters but Asdudin obesy who is mentally ill person and against the country can’t be treated as patriotic even if he chants bharat Mata ki Jai. ..He was is and will remain a we have a problem with that only..N u know better he is the person who ignited the flame….


  11. ajaypoetry
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 09:13:40

    There is nothing unpatriotic in not chanting Bharat Mata ki jai time and again, but refusing to do so in public forum definitely gives some hint about something. One definitely needs a certificate but that will be given to self after self assessment. A very mature article in present context.

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  12. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 02:59:25

    True, the sequence of events shows, one might need a certificate of patriotism! Maybe chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki joy’ 300 times in 3 minutes would be the criteria to secure a first class certificate… 😀

    Jokes apart, valid points raised..:-)

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  13. Indrajit Roy Choudhury
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 23:42:06

    You raised a valid point. Bharat Mata ki Jai slogan is more politically inclined. Jai Hind is more appropriate slogan.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. jncthedc
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 20:19:53

    I appreciate you sharing your conversation with your brother. He brought up some interesting questions. I also appreciate you sharing your customs and explaining their meaning. People would have a much easier time communicating if they took the time to learn about the people they choose to converse with. Culture is all part of the learning process.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. dhirajanand
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 17:26:54

    Very heart touching, lesson taught indeed. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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