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Refusing To Sing Vande Mataram Isn't Anti-National, Says Naqvi

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| July 30 , 2017 , 14:45 IST

As a recent order by the Madras High Court made singing of the national song Vande Mataram mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that singing the national song was a 'matter of choice' and that those refusing to sing it could not be branded anti-nationals.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs, Naqvi said, "Singing Vande Mataram is absolutely an individual's choice. Those who want to sing can sing it, those who don't, may not. Not singing it does not make one anti-national."

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He did add that if someone deliberately opposed the singing of the national song, it was "in bad taste" and "not in the interest of the country".

Following the order made by the Madras HC, BJP MLA Raj Purohit in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Saturday said that singing Vande Mataram should be mandated by schools and colleges in Maharashtra as well.

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Opposing the demand Samajwadi Party's Abu Asim Azmi said he would not sing 'Vande Mataram' even if he was "thrown out of the country", while AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan said he would not sing it "even if a revolver is put to my head".

Meanwhile, speaking at Shirdi, state PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil on Sunday said that no one should have a problem saying 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.