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expression: Shah Mangaluru, Aug 21 (PTI) BJP President Amit Shah today saidnationalism was being questioned in the name of freedom ofexpression and "propaganda" against nationalism could not beconsidered as freedom of speech. "It has become a fashion for some people nowadays toquestion nationalism. This is being done in different placesand new theories are being planted. "Nationalism is being questioned in the name of freedom ofexpression," he said, addressing a gathering at MangaloreUniversity auditorium as part of BJP’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ and’Balidana Smarane’ (honouring martyrs) campaign here. Shah said, "Some people were also campaigning on socialmedia on whether nationalism was necessary or not" and that hewould like to tell them that independence would not have takenplace if there was no love for the national and patriotism. "The propaganda against nationalism could not beconsidered as freedom of speech," he said. "The entire nation should unite to uphold patriotism.Freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and manymore sacrificed their lives for the country," he said. Shah appealed to the youth to read the history of thecountry and understand how many people sacrificed their livesfor it. The programmes were being organised to pay tribute to thefreedom fighters, to inspire the youth to follow in their pathand to remind the youth that the independence the countryachieved was because of the sacrifice of lakhs of people, hesaid. "This should be an inspiration to the youth to live theirlife for the country. To live for the nation was the messageof this Yatra," he said. Shah also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his foreignpolicy has emphasised on trade along with culture. The economyof the nation was moving in the right direction, he added. PTIMVG BDN RCSC

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