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Vande Mataram...Saare Jahan Se Achchha

STATE CAPITAL witnessed different shades of patriotism on the occasion of centenary of the national song on Thursday. Students in some educational institutions sang Vande Mataram even without any order while some degree colleges held simple function to acknowledge the ambiguous government circular. Minority institutions used HC order as a shield and remained aloof, while Madarsas' recited 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha?.'.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 00:16 IST

The city swayed to the National Song. A few sang Qaumi Tarana. And what echoed was Indianism

STATE CAPITAL witnessed different shades of patriotism on the occasion of centenary of the national song on Thursday. Students in some educational institutions sang Vande Mataram even without any order while some degree colleges held simple function to acknowledge the ambiguous government circular. Minority institutions used HC order as a shield and remained aloof, while Madarsas' recited 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha….'.

City Montessori School held a special morning assembly in which hundreds of students sang the national song. Members of the minority community condemned those linking it with religion and making "needless hue and cry" over it. Class XII students Hiba Khair flayed those engaged in "petty politics" over the national song.

They chorused that the song embodied the national spirit and had nothing to do with any religion. "True Indians should have no hesitation in singing it," said Hiba.

English teacher Rabab Zaidi said: "I am an Indian first and then a Muslim. It's a beautiful song and I do not find anything wrong with it. CMS founder manager Jagdish Gandhi lamented the ongoing politics being made over the national song.
Acknowledging the letter of UP Higher Education Department, students sang Vande Matram at National College, Jai Narain College and at Mahila College with full devotion and spirit. Students of SKD Academy celebrated centenary of the national song singing it with great zeal. But minority degree colleges preferred to remain aloof and held no function despite the circular from UP Higher Education department.

Significantly, the Islamic Centre of India at Madrasa Nizamiya Farangi Mahal, Eidgah held a programme in which children sang the 'Qaumi Tarana' Sare Jahan Se Achcha Hindustan Hamara…. in place of National song. Head of the madrasa Khalid Rashid, said: "The sole purpose of this programme was to show our respect and love for our country. Had we not held this function people would have make it a big issue."

"As per the Muslim Shariah, they cannot sing Vande Mataram because there are certain words that we find quite objectionable. But then at the same there is no dearth of patriotic feeling amongst us and we decided to sing Sare Jahan Se Achcha…. This song is completely non controversial," he explained while talking to reporters after the function was over.

On the other hand student leaders of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) sang the full version of the national song at Lucknow University (LU). They even took out a procession on the campus. Students of Christian institutions like Lucknow Christian PG College and few others sang national song with full spirit.

Few minority institutions pleading anonymity said that they too held close door function wherein they sang national song.

Interestingly, quite a few enthusiasts downloaded ‘Vande Mataram’ ringtones that buzzed all around.

Lawyers’ chorus

ADHIWAKTA VANDE Mataram Gayan Samiti held a grant function at the High Court lawns on Thursday. Organised by Ranjana Agnihotri, ex-vice president of Avadh Bar Association, the function was attended by a number of sitting judges and former judges. The programme lasted for three hours.   

Beside Vande Mataram, they sang a number of patriotic songs. The sitting judges who attended the function included Justice AK Yog, Justice DP Singh, Justice ON Khandelwal, Justice Shailendra Saxena, Justice Abdul Mateen and Justice Rajeev Sharma. Two former judges Kamleshwar Nath and HN Tilhari were also present. About 500 advocates, including president DC Mukherjee, vice president Anadi Banerji and Jyotindra Mishra, were also present.