Proposal making Vande Mataram mandatory in BMC schools gets nod

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

The BMC today cleared a proposal by a BJP corporator who wanted "Vande Mataram" to be made mandatory in all civic schools in Mumbai.

Patel said, "To encourage patriotic feelings among citizens, we should make [singing] Vande Mataram compulsory twice a week in all schools and colleges run by BMC". Earlier last month, a Madras High court order mandated the singing of "Vande Mataram" in all government schools, colleges, and universities in Tamil Nadu at least once a week.

He added that the song should be sung in all BMC statutory committee meetings.

A senior civic official said, "The importance of patriotism and national integration is lost in many schools as the songs and poems of national importance are not taught to children".

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As per the NM, every civic school student must sing Vande Mataram at least twice a week.

"So, I tabled the motion and I am grateful that the mayor approved it after finding enough support for it", said the first-time corporator from the Goregaon area. "This would violate our fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution and therefore, I am going to write a letter to the municipal commissioner", he said.

Samajwadi Party opposed the move, with the party's members walking out from the meeting. The Samajwadi party leader in the BMC Rais Shaikh along with all his six party corporators in the civic house demanded a poll over the issue which was not considered. For Muslims, Allah is supreme and we only worship him. "I will tell the chief minister that the government should come up with a policy which would make it compulsory for everybody to sing "Vande Mataram" at the beginning of an event and "Jana Gana Mana" at the end", Purohit was quoted as saying by PTI.

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