Is the “National Song” Anti-Islamic ? Why this song that frightened the British is surrounded with controversy?

The song which inspired crores of Indians to drag the British out of the nation, today has reached to a situation where the court needs to force others to sing it. ‘Vande Mataram’, the national song should have been sung with pride by every Indian. But few leaders who took oath to uphold the nation’s interest are against the singing of Vande Mataram.

Recently Madras High Court gave its verdict that Vande Matharam must be compulsorily sung in schools and government offices. So Mumbai BJP MLA Raj Purohit also demanded to implement the singing of the national song in Maharashtra too. But this grabbed the attention of certain people who never lost an opportunity to disappoint Indians.

AIMIM and Samajwadi Party leaders condemned this strongly. “My religion, my Constitution and my law doesn’t ask me to say it. Even if someone puts a knife on my throat I will not say it,” this was said by MIMMLA Waaris Pathan.

Waaris Pathan has a tremendous track record when it comes to insulting India. He was even suspended from Assembly on charges of “disrespecting the country and anti-nationalism” after he refused to chant the slogan “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

Won’t it hurt the Indian’s feeling when a person who enjoys all the facilities under the constitution denies of singing the national song? Reacting to Waaris Pathan, Transport minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote asked those who felt awkward about the national song to “quit the country.”

Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abu Asim Azmi said said “true Muslims” would not comply with any attempt to make it mandatory even if “they were deported or sent to jail.”

People like Abu Azmi and Waaris Pathan should realise that no religion is greater than that of nation. Let us think logically, how it hurts one’s religious practises or sentiments?

Now the national song is denied to sing and time may even come when few others may deny to sing the national anthem. So, this is a serious issue and one shouldn’t ignore it by saying “freedom of expression”.


Nishika Ram