Government Employees in Maharashtra to greet with Vande Mataram in place of Hello

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Sudhir Mungantiwar, the newly appointed Maharashtra Cultural Affairs Minister, said on Sunday that all state government personnel will be required to say “Vande Mataram” instead of “Hello” while accepting phone calls at their workplaces. “We are about to reach our 76th year of independence.” Amrit Mahotsav is being observed (of Independence). As a result, instead of saying greeting, I want authorities to say ‘Vande Mataram.’ He stated that an official government directive will be issued on August 18. “I want all state government employees to say ‘Vande Mataram’ (when accepting phones) till January 26 of next year,” he stated. “Our national anthem is Vande Mataram. It is more than a word; it is a symbol of Indians’ feelings toward Mother India. This hymn, written by Bankimchandra Chatterjee in 1875, contributed to motivate the liberation warriors of the period. Bankimchandra sparked patriotism in the hearts of people by expressing the sentiment ‘O Mother, I bow to you.’ “Mungantiwar said. Mungantiwar further stated in his defence, “Every syllable of this composition, which is the centre point of the Indian psyche, inspires a feeling of patriotism.” We have been opening talks with the word hello since the invention of the telephone in 1800, but government personnel in all workplaces will begin with Vande Mataram.”

By Subhechcha Ganguly