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Sikhs will not sing Vande Mataram

September 06, 2006 17:05 IST

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The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has asked Sikhs not to sing the national song Vande Mataram on its centenary on September 7.

A section of the Muslim community has also objected to the idea of making the singing of the song mandatory in all educational institutions.

"Vande Mataram will not be sung in SGPC-run schools. It's a conspiracy to extend communalism throughout the nation," SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said. Most SGPC-run schools are government-aided.

The Sikh community in the country had been asked not to sing the national song, "as it only spreads a particular religion and does not fulfill the aspirations of minorities, including Sikhs, Muslims and Christians," Makkar told PTI.

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by former MP Simranjit Singh Mann has also announced that Akali leaders would go to all schools in Punjab and ensure that no student is forced to sing Vande Mataram.

Some Bharatiya Janata Party and RSS leaders have called for making it mandatory for schoolchildren to recite the first two stanzas of the song penned by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.



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Sub: This song Vande mataram

How stupid is it to think that singing Vande mataram can make a person more patriot than any other person who doesnt sing. Patriotism is ...


Posted by khalid khan





Sub: Pity

Hilarious. And then Indian media point fingers at Pakistan. This is real secularism. If someone doesn't want to sing it why should he/she be forced. ...


Posted by Majid





Sub: The Great Bhagat Singh must be crying in heaven

The Great Bhagat Singh must be crying in heaven seeing the Fools sitting in Amritsar and misleading the Sikh patriots --Sikhs and Hindus are one ...


Posted by vijay





Sub: jerks

yaa all these jerks from the minority communities r worried bout their own religions and not country...they are more worried bout how to spread their ...


Posted by kunaal





Sub: All Indians should sing Vande Mataram

National Song has nothing to do with religion. All Indians should sing the Indian Natilnal Song. The government should enforce this strictly. In US, even ...


Posted by ak




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