If Not Your Mother, Who Would You Salute, Afzal Guru, Says Venkaiah Naidu

| December 8 , 2017 , 09:30 IST

Compulsory chanting of 'Vande Mataram' has met with controversy whenever political leaders, religious leaders or judiciary have attempted to mandate the phrase or the song.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday, while releasing a book on the late VHP chief Ashok Singhal questioned why anyone would have a problem in chanting 'Vande Mataram' as it translates to 'salute to the motherland'.

"If not your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru," Naidu asked.

"Vande Mataram mane maa tujhe salam. Kya samasya hai? Agar maa ko salam nahi karenge to kya Afzal Guru ko salam karenge? (Vande Mataram means salute to mother. What is the problem with it, if you don't salute your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru)," Naidu said.

The Vice President continued, that when someone says 'Bharat Mata ki jai' it does not refer to some goddess in a photo.

"It is about all 125 crore people living in this country irrespective of their caste, colour, creed and religion. They all are Indians," Naidu said.

Referring to the 1995 verdict of the Supreme Court on Hindutva, which said that it is not a religion but a way of life, he said that Hinduism is a cultural connotation of India.

"Hinduism is not a narrow concept, it is a broader cultural connotation of India. Hinduism is the culture and tradition of India which has been passed down generations," Naidu said.

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He further attributed the non-violent nature of Indians to Hinduism.

"Every Tom, Dick and Harry attacked India, ruled it, ruined and looted it, but India never attacked any country because of its culture," Naidu said

"Our culture teach us Vasudev Kutumbkam, that means the world is one family," he added.

Naidu described Singhal as one of the finest proponents of Hinduism who sacrificed 75 years of his life for the benefit of future generations.