From: HARAN B
Vande Mataram: Soul of our Nation and Nationalism
B R Haran
07 Nov 2009
Mother, I salute thee!
Rich with hurrying streams,
Bright with orchard gleams,
Cool with thy winds of delight,
Green fields waving Mother of might,
Glory of moonlight dreams,
Over thy branches and lordly streams,
Clad in thy blossoming trees,
Mother, giver of ease.
Laughing low and Sweet!
Mother I kiss thy feet,
Speaker sweet and low!
Mother, to thee I bow.
- Sri Aurobindo (from his English translation of Vande Mataram)
Muslim Clergy against Vande Mataram
During the centenary of (singing of) Vande Mataram in September 2006, Darul Uloom, the foremost seminary of Muslims at Deoband, gave a decree that the National Song is un-Islamic and that Muslims must not sing it. This decree was upheld on 3 November 2009 by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, which passed a resolution saying, "The fatwa of Darul Uloom opposing recitation of Vande Mataram is correct."
The Home Minister, who went there on an invitation from Jamiat, condemned the demolition of the disputed structure over Bhagwan Ram's Janmasthan. Though the disputed structure was not in use by the Muslim community, the secular brigade has been repeatedly lying that it was a 'Masjid' and Chidambaram repeated the same lie and described the demolition of this religious affront to the Hindu community as "a manifestation of religious fanaticism and an act of extreme prejudice."
While Chidambaram praised the Darul Uloom for issuing a fatwa against terrorism in February 2008, he conveniently kept quiet on the Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack which happened after issuance of the so-called fatwa. Although the continuing terror acts proved that the fatwa was nothing but the Islamic game of "Taqiya", Chidambaram sought ulema cooperation in the fight against terror. The Jamiat for its part condemned suicide bombings and killings of innocents as 'unpardonable sin', but termed "Jihad" a "constructive phenomenon" without explaining what 'constructive' means.