Kochi, Aug 15 (): Vande Mataram‘s usage in an I-Day function held in a Muslim organized school was conducted with police protection. It was objected by fundamentalists as there is a fatwa against it.
Vande Mataram made popular by Oscar winner A R Rahman with the next-gen was the bone of contention. TKM school in Kollam had planned the students mostly Muslims dancing to the tune of Vande Mataram in a programme called Bharthatheeyam in which 6000 students would take part and find a place in Guinness Book of Records.
The organizers were Malayala Manorama, a media organization. The event raised the hackles of Social Democractic Party of India, an arm of Popular Front. The objection raised was that the dance had a part where the students with folded arms offered namaskar. This according to Islam is not allowed.
SDPI leader Salahudeen who unsuccessfully contested in Kollam and his daughter who is a student of the college wanted the dance posture where students made the namaste removed. The school agreed to remove and instead of voice it said would only play a band of Vande Mataram tune.
Rehearsals took place with Muslim-Christian-Hindu students taking part. The I-Day function took place with many programmes including Bharatheeyam. The event turned into a battlefield.
CPI student wing and youth wing picketed a gate while BJP’s ABVP picketed another gate of the school. While Kollam Mayor and CPM member were addressing the students, its student wing SFI reached the school gate to shout slogans.
SDPI says that Vande Mataram was forcibly imposed on the students that go against Muslim beliefs as it has been banned by a fatwa. The dance did not have any objectionable movements but the Principal should not have used the Vande Mataram, says SDPI. The parents point out that the school assembly uses Muslim prayers in the assembly and Hindu-Christian students sing it. If this can be done, then why not Vande Mataram?