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Singing of Vande Mataram optional in most states

September 06, 2006 19:00 IST

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A day ahead of celebrations to mark the centenary of Vande Mataram, most states said the singing of the national song in schools and colleges would not be compulsory.

This, even as Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states made arrangements for its mandatory recitation in educational institutions and community events.

There was opposition from Sikh and Muslim groups to making the singing of the song mandatory.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and Students Islamic Organisation of India asked people not to join the celebrations scheduled for 11 am on Thursday.

An order issued by the Union Human Resource Development ministry asking all states to organise the singing of Vande Mataram on September 7 has sparked a controversy, with some Muslim leaders saying the song went against Islamic teachings about not worshipping any person or object.

The BJP-ruled states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand have made the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory.

In Madhya Pradesh, it will also be sung in government offices, while Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, facing a serious political crisis, called on BJP activists to recite the song.

In Orissa and Karnataka, where the BJP is part of the government, the singing has been made mandatory.

It is not compulsory in Bihar, where the BJP is part of the Janata Dal (United)-led ruling alliance, but the party has asked its ministers and MLAs to organise the public singing of Vande Mataram.

Maharashtra, Tripura, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam Punjab and Haryana have made the singing optional for students.

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Sub: Vende Mataram

Look, how present day's politics has spoiled the interpretation of a prestigeous poem of the past era which, though inspired the then rebelling Indians a ...

Posted by Rabi Kanungo

Sub: Am i the only one to find it wrong?

Doesnt anyone else thinks it is ridiculous?? It should be mandatory to sing the national song. Anyone opposing this should be viewed as anti-nationals. How ...

Posted by Goutham Vemuri

Sub: Vande Matram

Why Muslim quote Shariyat only for their convenience.When our consitution gives them Minority status and rights according to that they happily accept it but at ...

Posted by Kamal Kishore

Sub: I think its sad!

Well democracy is one thing but feelings for nation??? Wow!! It really amazes me... can those feeling be really different from certain section to section?? ...

Posted by H

Sub: Vande mataram

Politicians should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a controversy about the national song to flow on. A national song is one such that each ...

Posted by Subin Mohan



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