Shikhar Dhawan supports govt's move to hoist national flag at central universities

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan on Friday supported the Union Government's move to hoist national flag on the campuses of all 46 Central Universities in order to instill nationalism and pride in students.

Shikhar Dhawan. PTI

Shikhar Dhawan. PTI

"My take is simple. It (flag) should be unfurled at the Universities. It (flag) is the pride of the nation. The more the merrier I would say. Though you have touched upon a sensitive topic, one should never say anything ill about the country you live in," said the Asia Cup-bound opening batsman at a promotional event in New Delhi on Friday.

Dhawan comments came after he was asked about the sensitive topic in the wake of arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges, leading to a massive controversy.

"I was watching kabaddi last night and I subconsciously stood up while the national anthem was played. I play for the flag, playing for the country is the biggest honour for me. As citizens, we should take responsibility of our actions," he added.

All 46 Central Universities will fly the tricolour atop a 207-feet tall flag mast "prominently and proudly" on their campuses to signify a "strong India" and the first will be hoisted at JNU, a resolution adopted at a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani yesterday.

On the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20, Dhawan said he is fit and ready for both the assignments.

PTI


Updated Date: Feb 19, 2016 20:45 PM

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