Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reflected on the debate of freedom of expression and said that “Nationalism” was not a bad word. 

Speaking about the debate on nationalism and what leads and who decides what is anti-national, he further said that debate was not started by the BJP but the party would definitely take part in it. 

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Jaitley was speaking about the protests that originated after the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad had stopped JNU’s Umar Khalid from participating in a conference on the topic “Culture of Protests” at Ramjas College in the national capital.

The protests had then taken an uglier turn when 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur’s a year old video with a placard saying “Pakistan did not kill my father, War did” surfaced on social media. 

And while the girl was labelled anti-national by many, the age old debate of nationalism came into the open, once again. 

Speaking of the debate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that 'Nationalism' was a good word. “It is just in India, that the word has a bad significance," he added. 

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