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After hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem in Madrasas, chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” is compulsory: Shia Waqf Board in Uttar Pradesh

The brave soldiers who guard the nation against the Pakistani terrorists use the slogan “Bharat Mata ki Jai” (Victory for Mother India) as a source of inspiration. When the freedom struggle was at the peak, the Indians fought against the British dauntlessly by chanting the slogan “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

Even the song Vande Mataram (Mother, I bow to thee) was more powerful than the nuclear weapons when it came to terrorize the British. Vande Mataram was a Bengali poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1870s, which he included in his 1881 novel “Anandamath”.

But the British assessed how the song was motivating the Indians to rise up and not rest until the nation was freed from the clutches of the British. Like how Veer Savarkar and Bhagat Singh contributed to the freedom struggle, even the Vande Mataram song has its equal share.  Sri Aurobindo had even referred it as “National Anthem of Bengal”.

That’s why the British had even banned Vande Mataram but the Indians dared to defy the ban and had sung the song. As a result they were all jailed. So, this was the glorious past of the two slogans “Bharat Mata ki Jai”  and “Vande Mataram”. But today few are insulting this great song saying that it is prohibited in their religion.

But in what is called as a patriotic move by the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, it has ordered that all madrassas functioning from its properties should celebrate the Independence Day by chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” after hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem.

The board chairman Waseem Rizvi said “We have directed all the madrasas running under the Shia Waqf Board to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ after hoisting the national flag and singing of the national anthem”.

He also added that “the board has warned of “strict action” against those not complying with the order. There are over 1,500 madrassas and schools running on Waqf properties in the state and they will have to abide by the directive”.

This is indeed a great gift to India which is all set to celebrate its 72nd Independence Day on 15th August. Last month Waseem Rizvi had bashed the terrorists and its sympathizers by saying “some Muslims in India are getting influenced by the terrorist activities of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir. This is not good. This can lead to violence in the country. It’s important to take strict actions against such Muslims”. This has been a tight slap against the likes of Owaisi and other communal politicians.

He had also bashed the fatwa brigade by who interfere in personal lives by issuing fatwas. The Shia Waqf Board chairman stated “We have few Muslims, who issue fatwa by interfering in the personal life of others. They forget that Islam has nothing to do with this. Those who issue fatwa in such cases should be booked as traitors because nobody has the right to challenge the secular Constitutional political order of India by proclaiming their own laws in the cover of religion”.


Hansika Raj

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