Vande Mataram, the national song, has been a bone of contention for decades now. A battle cry for Indian independence, it compares certain qualities of the motherland with that of Goddess Durga and Lakshmi in the later paragraphs.
For someone like me whose childhood was inseparable from Vande Mataram, the mere mention of it now causes unease. If I don’t sing it, some fellow countryman will brand me a gaddar. If I sing it, some others will call me Uncle Tom.
"Mother is not the photo but our motherland. 'Vande Mataram' is saluting the mother. Why should anyone have a problem with this," Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said at an event in this temple town in Ahmednagar district.
"She (Sister Nivedita) had introduced Vande Mataram as a prayer song in the school...now, some people have a problem with Vande Mataram also. What is Vande Mataram? Mata Vandanam, Amma Vanakkam -- that is Vande Mataram," Naidu said
New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Lawyers on Wednesday raised ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans to protest against the anti-national slogans raised inside the Patiala House court premises by the students agitated over the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. Lawyer Vikram Chauhan said people who raised “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans have been made heroes by the media and when they are protesting against it then why are they being called ‘gundas’. Chauhan added they responded only when students tried to beat the lawyers and tear their clothes, adding that they did not hit anyone.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Lawyer Rajeev Tadac, who allegedly raised ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans during a hearing in the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, said he is not ashamed of doing so. However, Tadac apologised in the court after being reprimanded by a judge. The lawyer, along with his colleagues, had disrupted the Supreme Court proceeding regarding journalists and students being thrashed by BJP leaders outside the Patiala House Court on Monday.