In a veiled attack at Deoband’s Darul Uloom for issuing a fatwa recently, prohibiting Muslims from chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ on the grounds that idol worship is forbidden in Islam, Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik said most of the countrymen would like to chant this slogan and those who did not want to do so were an exception and as such should not be given any importance.
He was responding to questions by reporters on the sidelines of the opening day of a two-day long national seminar and conclave organised jointly by Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad and National Education Society on MG degree college ground in Gorakhpur on Sunday. “I pity those who feel ashamed about their country instead of feeling proud,” said Naik.
Later while addressing the gathering as the chief guest, the governor said, “It was surprising that neither the national anthem nor the national song Vande Matram were sung in the parliament till 42 years after Independence. I took the initiative and finally a resolution was passed in the Parliament in 1992 following which the two songs were sung there.”
Naik, who has been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), did not miss the opportunity to shower praise on veer Sawarkar, claiming that he was the first person to clarify that freedom struggle was not a revolt as propagated by Britishers. He also said that after lord Rama, the great king Shivaji was the best ever ruler .