BMC clears proposal to make singing Vande Mataram compulsory in schools

BMC clears proposal to make singing Vande Mataram compulsory in schools

Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar on Thursday announced that the BMC had passed a motion to make singing of Vande Mataram compulsory in all civic-run schools twice a week. Shaikh said this issue first came up in 2004, but the then civic chief had rejected the proposal.

The Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) corporators boycotted the proceedings, alleging that they were not allowed to put forth their views.

A similar notice was passed by the Madras High Court in July, which made singing of the song compulsory in all schools across Tamil Nadu.

Once the civic chief forwards the proposal to the state government and affter getting its nod, the proposal will be implemented in all civic-run schools. He said the song will instil a sense of patriotism among students.When asked about Muslim leaders opposing the decision, Purohit said, "The song is not against Islam".

In April 2017, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the central government asking for its response to a petition that sought to make singing Vande Mataram mandatory at all educational institutes.

Composed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1870s, Vande Mataram is a poem which he included in his 1881 novel Anandamath. Whenever and wherever it is sung, we give it due respect.

"The word "vandan" means puja and puja is synonymous with Durga Puja". Therefore, making Vande Matarm mandatory in civic-schools, which includes several Urdu-medium schools, is being opposed strongly.

A fortnight ago, BJP MLA Raj Purohit and AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan were caught in a verbal altercation outside the Maharashtra Assembly over the ruling party legislator's demand to make singing of Vande Mataram compulsory in all schools and colleges across the state.

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