UP school pledge of 'Hindu Rashtra' sparks outcry

'Fight, die and if required, kill': UP school students made to take pledge of 'Hindu Rashtra'

A video of the incident has gone viral on social media, creating a fresh controversy

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Within days of the alleged 'hate speech' by some seers and saints at a religious meet at Haridwar where Hindu youths were asked to take up arms to 'protect' Hindu religion and make India a 'Hindu Rashtra', a video of school children in Uttar Pradesh's Sonebhadra district, about 450 kilometres from here, showing them taking a pledge to be ready to ''fight, die and kill'' to make the country a 'Hindu Rashtra', went viral on social media.

The video, which was shared on Twitter by a news channel, shows a group of school children in uniform taking a pledge that they will strive to achieve their aim (making of Hindu Rashtra) till the ''last drop'' of their blood.
''Hum vachan dete hain, sankalp lete hain ki hum apne pran ke antim kshan tak frdh ko Hindu Rashtra banane ke liye ladenge, marenge aur jaroorat padi to marenge (kill)....kisi bhi balidan ke liye taiyaar rahenge...koi bhi keemat chukayenge..peeche nahin hatenge....gurudevta, kuldevta aur hamare poorvaj hame vijay de (we take pledge that we will, till the last drop of our blood, fight, die and if need be kill to make the country Hindu Rashtra....we will be ready to make any sacrifice and will not back down whatever the cost we have to pay...let our teachers, gods and ancestors bless us with victory)", the children are heard saying in the video.
The pledge was allegedly taken at a park in the town. When asked, the local police officials said that they had taken note of the video and were investigating its authenticity.
Barely a few days back a video of seers and saints making provocative and objectionable statements at a religious meet at Haridwar in Uttarakhand had gone viral on social media. 
After much hude and cry the police registered a case against Jitendra Narain Tyagi alias Waseem Rizvi, the former chairman of Shia Waqf Board, who had recently embraced Hinduism but no arrest was made in connection with the case. One of the seers, who had made the remarks was later arrested by the Chattisgarh police following registration of a case. 

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