SINGING VANDE MATARAM IS AN INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, SAYS UNION MINISTER MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI

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The Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said singing Vande Mataram is a matter of choice and that refusing to sing it does not make a person anti-national those who want to sing can sing it, those who do not, may not. Not singing it does not make one anti-national, PTI reported.

However, opposing the singing of the song would be considered “in bad taste” and “not in the interest of the nation”, he added.

This fresh new controversy sparked the debate when Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Raj Purohit proposed that state schools and colleges take cue from their counterparts in Tamil Nadu by singing the national song.

His proposal was opposed by Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Waris Pathan.

The debate took an ugly turn when Purohit asked Pathan “to go Pakistan” if he has a problem in saying “Vande Martam”.

Moreover; in the light of Indian Judiciary, it should be revised that the Indian Constitution does not have the concept of a national song, “Article 51A [fundamental duties] of the Constitution does not refer to National Song,” the apex court said in April 2017. “It only refers to the National Flag and National Anthem” it added.

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