NATIONAL SONG Vande Mataram was on Thursday sung with patriotic zeal in the educational institutions, local bodies and government offices in Jabalpur to mark the centenary celebration of the song.
State Minister for Law and Legislative Affairs and School Education Dr Narottam Mishra flagged off a rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) near Ranital Square.
The rally passed through various parts of the City before concluding near the Vande Mataram pillar at Civic Centre. Few months back the Jabalpur Development Authority had erected the pillar. Mishra later participated in a function held at MP High Court Bar Association here. The Congress organised a function at Golebazaar Campus to mark the centenary celebration of the national song.
POLITICAL PARTIES, students, officials and the people recited Vande mataram in different parts of the district on Thursday to mark the centenary of the National Song, penned by Bankim chandra Chattopadhyaya.
BJP Alpa Sankhyak Morcha, Congress workers and even Jail inmates chanted the song at different functions. BJP Alpsankhyak Morcha organized a fuction at Maharaj Bada to mark the occasion. Former minister Arif Beg speaking on the occasion said that Vande Mataram was sung by freedom fighters even while going to the gallows. Singing the national song is not against Islam, he said.
He said that anti-national forces were trying to divide the people on religious lines like the British did. Now the time has come that both Hindus and Muslims understand each other and live together to make a powerful and strong India.
State president of the Morcha Kamal Bhai also addressed the gathering. The recitation was also organized at government institutions including Collectorate, GMC Office, District Education Office, offices located at Moti Mahal, schools and Gwalior Central Jail. The congress party also organised functions to mark the centenary of the national song. Madarasas, however, shunned recitation of the national song.
Indore Mayor, Commissioner fail ‘test’
IN A major gaffe Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma failed to belt out even one stanza of Vande Mataram when asked to do so by newsmen on the sidelines of a song recitation ceremony at IMC headquarters this morning.
She was stumped when a local news channel asked her to sing a few lines before the camera after the ceremony. After hemming and hawing, the Mayor falteringly rendered the first two lines of the song before stopping with a request to the cameramen not to air the tape.
Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma fared even worse at the lyrics quiz, failing to go beyond the first two words. When pressed, the administrative head tried to turn the tables demanding that the reporter sing the song first.
After the scribe complied, however, the Commissioner slunk away without comment. In all, the programme turned out to be a damp squib with only half-a-dozen officials and around 50 of the Corporation’s 5,000-strong workforce bothering to turn up for the event. Those who did attend didn’t seem too keen about the whole affair. Even the Mayor was late arriving 15 minutes after the event was scheduled to begin by which time the rendition was already halfway through.
After the singing was over the Mayor was cornered by waiting scribes who asked her to sing a few lines for the camera’s benefit. When she failed to perform, the cameramen trained their lenses on the Municipal Commissioner, who proved equally disappointing.
Minority Cell joins chorus
RISING ABOVE the controversy surrounding rendition of the national song ‘Vande Mataram’, Madhya Pradesh Congress Minority Cell not only held a public recitation but also distributed 5,000 cards containing the song at Regal Square on the centenary day of the song on Thursday. Minority Cell vice-president Akhtar Baig said that the cards bearing the wordings of the song were distributed to awaken the sense of patriotism. He said both Hindus and Muslims sang the song.