To mark the celebration of the Indian Independence Day, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has directed all madrassas (Islamic schools) to sing Vande Mataram and videograph the event. Ironically, the minister who had directed this order failed to sing a single line of the national song himself.
In an ongoing debate in India Today newsroom, Uttar Pradesh MoS for Minority Welfare, Baldev Singh Aulakh was asked to sing a single line of the song and he was unable to sing even a line.
When asked to sing, the minister changed the topic by saying that the whole of India should know the song. In spite of being requested several times by the news anchor, Aulakh kept giving one excuse after the other to avoid singing.
The minister had earlier warned of stern action against madrassas which do not follow the order.
“We have asked for videography of all programmes. We can check at random as to which madrassa has celebrated it or not. If any madrassa does not celebrate it, action will be taken against it,” Aulakh had said.
Also, the BJP ministers have requested the Centre to make Vande Mataram compulsory in all schools across India.
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