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Why controversy has surrounded over national song ‘Vande Mataram’?

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • July 29, 2017
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It is most unfortunate that a unifying poem, describing the exact glories of our nation in a precise manner, had to pass the acid test of undue criticism and resistance. May be this happens with every great creation, which only adds to its qualities after passing the acid test. Roots of such undue criticism and resistance can be traced in the shrewd tactics of British rule, the basis of which was creating a duality between Hindu and Muslim communities. The initiatives to refuse Vande Mataram as a unifying song were seen in the 1923 Kakinada Congress.

What must have prompted the Muslim leaders to create a controversy, which essentially was out of place? One often wonders as before these their own ‘Khilafat’movement conventions used to start with Vande Mataram. The same Ahmed Ali, Shaukat Ali, Jafar Ali leaders used to stand up and respect its recital. Even Barrister Jinnah, later a vehement critic of Vande Mataram, used to scold anyone who didn’t stand up.

This is a well-played game by Congress who from the very inception has played communal cards and divided the country on the communal ground and this congress at every possible stage has given advantages to this Muslims over Hindus. July 1937 witnessed elections and formation of provincial cabinets in eight states out of eleven being governed by the Congress party. Opposition to Vande Mataram was again put forward as an issue-probably needed to strengthen the Muslim league formed in 1906.

In the typical appeasing tradition, the Congress leaders set up a ”committee” to review Vande Mataram. Members of this committee were Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was said that Vande Mataram was split in accordance with decisions made jointly by Mr. Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore. This greatly hurt Rabindranath Tagore and on 2nd of November 1937, he published a statement in this regard, saying that no fraction of the society should feel enmity towards this song, as it is a great inspirer.

People like Abu Azmi and Waaris Pathan should realise soon that no religion is greater than that of the nation.


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