The recent uproar over the singing of Vande Mataram by Muslim clerisy had its origins in a Fatwa issued against it as far back as 12th June. While it had not created headlines then, it caught my eye and had written a post, re produced here. The ripple effect was bound to turn into a storm sooner or later..
Vande mataram..India accords its citizens the right to voice protest even against singing of a song denoting nationalistic fervour, intrinsic to the intention.
Does enforcement through political will constitute pontification? As much as refusal to sing it does!
Does the matter merit attention? If secularism needs to be re-defined-yes.
Islamic clerics have done it again! A fatwa has been issued against the singing of ‘Vande mataram’ by Muslim children.
Without indulging and succumbing to anger, outrage, revenge and retributive averments, let us attempt to make a balanced, unbiased assessment.
Beginning with the most obvious inferences before we progress to its supposedly manifold not so jejune implications.
Why now? Fifty nine years after Independence, and almost five years after the born again Muslim music Director A.R. Rahman had stylised the same in his rendition. Fishy and more than meets the eye, undoubtedly.
Does this resistance to include a National song in a school curriculum, in praise of ones motherland, come from the majority of the Muslims? Is the cleric merely the mouthpiece of these insiduous sentiments? Or, is the Islamic cleric once again trying to incite unrest by widening the chasm which originated with the British, never again returning to a status quo ?
In all probability, the work of idle minds, addicted to proving sporadically, how Muslim masses are putty in their hands.
In my humble opinion, it is time that the Muslim intelligentsia who clearly discern the irrationality behind these conflagrations, opt to speak, thus polaraising themselves from the Fundamentalists. It is imperative that the citizen of India is secure in the notion of secularism. Having said that we need to ascertain and feel assured also that our secularist tolerance is not being misconstrued. Those who second that India is their chosen land and respect for the motherland an accepted concept, ought to validify their residence by being vociferous NOW.
It is not enough that the Hindus voice outrage at this Fatwa, but Muslim brethren who have reasons to consider this their homeland, need elucidate their resentment in times such as these.
Hindus who utilise this turn of circumstance to now wage a war generically on all Muslims, with statements as ‘Let them go to Pakistan, if they cannot respect our nationalistic sentiments, or adhere by them’, will ignite an issue which needs to be viewed as a Fatwa and not a ‘majority view point’. An over-the-top reaction can degenerate into unreasonability.
What is the ‘locus standi’ of a fatwa and whom does it control is a matter that the Islamists need to clarify and pontificate.
The law of the land, imho needs to be universal and supreme. Laws within laws within communities, is bound to lead to dissension and interests of people suffer in the confusion.
What this Fatwa seeks to do, prima facie is, challenge our constitution in its decision making powers while simultaneouly flagrantly exhibit the underbelly of secularism , in its consequential analysis.
While not denying that our Muslim brethren may have faced hiccups in certain areas of civilian life, yet with all the sense of fairness one can vouch that Muslims in India have enjoyed a fair deal in most spheres, political, economical, and social. They have prospered and multiplied in population and wealth, progressed shouder to shoulder with Indians as a whole.
Can our Hindu brethren in Pakistan, proclaim any of the above? Population of Hindus in Pakistan is a point in reference.
Consider this..on the one hand they demand a ban on Vande Mataram, on the other, DEMAND RESERVATION!!!
We, as a nation need to involve ourselves in issues which need public opinion to be mobilised.
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”