The Yogi government is right in making the national anthem compulsory in madarsas: Shahnawaz Hussain

Senior BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has claimed that there is “no objection” to the Yogi Adityanath government’s order making the reciting of the national anthem compulsory in madrassas across Uttar Pradesh. The Bihar minister, who is one of the most prominent Muslim faces in the party linked to Hindutva politics, also claimed that “Jana Gana Mana” was sung “joyfully and willingly” at the seminary where he had studied .

“Hasn’t the national anthem been sung at UP Madarsas yet? If so, I’m very surprised,” exclaimed Hussain when asked by journalists about UP Madarsa’s executive order.

“I studied at a madarsa myself. We used to recite the national anthem there with pleasure and willingly.

The ordinance requires students to recite the poem before class begins.

This has taken offense to some Islamic scholars and clerics who claim that the phrasing of the poem, written by Rabindra Nath Tagore, went against the grain of their religious tenets.

The reciting of the national anthem, as well as the national song Vande Mataram, popularized by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Anandmath, has become a bone of contention between the BJP and those who equate the party’s insistence on Hindu supremacy.

During the budget session, the Bihar Assembly saw many heated arguments between MLAs of the BJP and AIMIM, led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, over the issue.

Some BJP-MLAs even expressed the opinion that lawmakers who refused to recite the national anthem or song deserved disqualification. The Yogi government is right in making the national anthem compulsory in madarsas: Shahnawaz Hussain

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