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BJP leader hits out at Vande Mataram fatwa
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 02, 2006 14:38 IST
"There is nothing above national pride and Vande Matram is our national song and one feels proud while singing it. There is nothing anti-Islam in such action. Those who are criticising me or issuing fatwas against me for supporting singing of the national song are spreading the separatist agenda," Naqvi told rediff.com.
He also reminded the so-called scholars of Deoband that they are not living in a theocratic Muslim state but in a secular republic where all religions are at par with each other.
"How can the so-called scholars tell the Muslims that they should pull out their sons and daughters from the schools where Vande Matram is sung. They are trying to divert the attention of the Muslim community from the socio-economic and educational related problems by issuing fatwas," he said.