HC order on compulsory singing of Vande Mataram sparks row in Maharashtra
The Madras Supreme Court ruling on the Vande Mataram chant triggered a political debate in Maharashtra with a MP BJP demanding its implementation in state schools and universities while lawmakers from other parties opposed to that measure.
Waris Pathan, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimen (AIMIM) Mumbai member said yesterday that he would not sing the national song “even if someone puts the gun on the head.”
President and member of the Maharashtra unit Samajwadi Abu Asim Azmi, also said that they do not sing, even if he was “deported.”
The reaction is the result of a request from the high BJP MP, Raj Purohit, who, citing the order of the Supreme Court of Madras, said that the singing of Vande Mataram should be mandatory in all schools and colleges in Maharashtra.
The Supreme Court of Madras had reported on Tuesday the mandatory national song song in Tamil Nadu schools, at least twice a week.
Speaking to reporters outside the Vidhan Bhavan here, M. Purohit, the main scourge of the BJP in the Assembly, said Thursday that he would meet with the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Friday and request the latter’s intervention to all require the world to Sing the national song anyway.
“I am going to increase demand in the Chamber as well. I am going to tell the head of government that the government should propose a policy that would require everyone to sing Vande Mataram at the start of an event and Jana Gana Mana at the end,” Purohit said.
In response to Purohit’s request, M. Pathan, who represents riding Byculla in south Mumbai, said that a particular ideology can not prevail over people.
“I will not sing Vande Mataram My religion and the law do not allow her to sing Even if someone puts a gun to the head, I do not sing I will oppose the House request,” he said.
Azmi claimed that BJP was following the RSS instructions that would eventually polarize society. “I am a true follower of Islam, the song Vande Mataram would be against my religion and the Constitution, a true Muslim I do not sing, I do not sing, even if I am expelled from the country,” he was not told to the press.
However, the otherwise unpredictable ally Shiv Sena supported BJP M. Purohit.
Condemning AIMIM and SP, senior Seine leader and Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, they said they were “traitors”.
“They need to know (Vande Mataram) is a patriotic song that was sung by freedom fighters during the struggle for independence,” he said.
In accordance with the order of the Supreme Court of Madras, private and government schools in the Southern State should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Fridays.
The order also said that the song can also be played in other government and private institutions, at least once a month.
The Supreme Court also said that if a person or organization is struggling to sing or play the song, she should not be forced or forced to sing, there is always a good reason not to do so.