Mumbai : In a controversial move, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cleared a proposal to make the singing of the national song Vande Mataram compulsory in all civic schools in Mumbai.
The civic body has also cleared a proposal to make the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory before every civic committee meeting in BMC.The proposal was put forth by a BJP corporator Sandeep Patel and was cleared without any discussion or any debate on it.
This proposal comes shortly after the Madras High Court made it mandatory for government offices, private entities, schools and industries in Tamil Nadu to sing Vande Mataram.
The move, however, has created a fresh controversy, with MLAs in Maharashtra questioning the move.
"Nowhere in the Constitution is it written that we have to sing this. Under Article 23, 24 and 25, everyone has right to practice their own religion. This proposal will hurt sentiments of the community. What were the Muslim corporators doing when this was happening, do they know that our religion does not allow praying to the land?" AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan said, speaking to Times Now.
Majeed Memon of the NCP also questioned the BMC's proposal, stating that it was a "mischievous move" to promote hatred between the communities.
"This kind of a proposal is not new. BMC has been mulling this proposal for a while, There is some mischief that is being played to promote hatred between communities and nothing more," Memon told Times Now.
Manisha Kayande of the Shiv Sena however, slammed the statements made by the Opposition MLAs and stated that such a proposal should be welcomed by all since it was a "proud moment" for all.
"This move should be welcome by one and all. Madras High Court has also given out an order like this and the Muslims in Tamil Nadu have not objected to it. There are many Muslims who sing it with great pride and everyone should welcome it," said Manisha Kayande.
The Madras High Court had ruled that the national song should be mandatorily sung in schools across Tamil Nadu at least twice a week.
As per the order, private and government schools in the southern state should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice a week preferably on Monday and Friday, reports the wire agency.
However, the court order stated that if a person does not sing it or if an organisation is unable to play it, they wouldn't be forced or compelled to do so provided they gave valid reasons.
(News Courtesy : timesnownews)