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Vande Mataram: BJP criticises Muslim refusal

Vande Mataram: BJP criticises Muslim refusal

Author: Correspondent
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: August 21, 2006

The BJP on Sunday condemned the refusal by some Muslim clerics to abide by a Central directive on compulsory singing of Vande Mataram in schools on September 7, saying those who oppose the national song should "leave the country". "Those who oppose our national song should better leave the country. Their opposition is a reflection of their separatist mindset," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. "Every faith preaches patriotism. Those who are opposing singing of Vande Mataram in the name of Islam are going against the tenets of the faith," he said. Citing religious reasons, some Muslim leaders have opposed the Central directive to all schools to recite the first two stanzas of the national song at 11 am on September 7 to mark the centenary of its adoption.


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