VHP flays Arjun Singh’s stand on Vande Mataram

via Zeenews published on August 22, 2006

Allahabad (UP), Aug 22: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today attacked Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh for his reported statement that singing the National Song ‘Vande Mataram’ was not mandatory.

“The HRD Minister’s latest statement is aimed clearly at his vote bank. By doing so, he has gone to the extent of violating the constitution as Vande Mataram was granted the special status at a meeting of the constituent assembly,” VHP international president Ashok Singhal told a press conference here.

Singhal also said the statement of Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari’s that the National Song was against Islamic beliefs “smacks of an anti-national and separatist mindset.”

He questioned the rationale behind the Opposition to Vande Mataram by Bukhari and other Muslim leaders.

“Vande Mataram does not aim to worship the country or the land. It is a song in which the country is given the status of one’s mother and all its inhabitants are shown as her children,” he said.

Singhal warned that by asking Muslims not to sing Vande Mataram, the leaders will “further isolate the community”.

The VHP leader said he did not consider the entire Muslim community as supporters of terrorism.


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