Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid
Muslim Thackerays and Muslim Togadias:
Along with a vast
majority of people in his constituency, we too had enormous faith in
Jamiatul-Ulema vis-à-vis Vande Matram:
Firstly that this song is completely
Un-Islamic, secondly that Jamiatul-Ulema has always been the stooge
of Congress, and thirdly the sound health of ‘Hindutwa forces’ is a
pre-requisite condition for the so-called secular parties to entice
resolution of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JuH) asking Muslims not to recite
'Vande Mataram' is "unacceptable" and will be "counter-productive",
Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said.
also doubted whether the resolution was the view of the entire
Jamiat as the organisation is divided into two factions.
(the resolution) is unacceptable. It is counter -productive. It is
not good for our society and our country. It is not good for
Muslims," Khurshid said in a news channel when asked to comment on
the resolution passed by the JuH at its convention in Deoband on
JuH, largest organisation of Sunni Muslims, in its resolution
endorsed a fatwa issued by Darul-Uloom of Deoband in 2006 which had
declared recital of 'Vande Mataram' as un-Islamic.
Khurshid, himself a Muslim, said he recites Vande Mataram out of
"national pride, a sense of patriotism and commitment".
Asked whether he feels proud of singing Vande Mataram, the minister
said, "Not only proud, but I am committed. I consider it my
disapproved of efforts to force anyone to desist from reciting the
national song or even to force anyone to sing it.
"It's a tragedy that someone is insisting that we don't sing this (Vande
Mataram) because they have strange notion of what is good.
somebody else is insisting that we sing it because they believe that
this is the only way to show us down," the Minority Affairs Minister
Asked about his advice to his community members on the issue,
Khurshid said, "I will tell them to sing. I will tell them to stand
by me shoulder-to-shoulder and sing the song for the nation."
said if he could recite Vande Mataram out of national pride, others
also must sing it keeping the same sentiment in view.
Asked whether he shared the view of some sections that certain
people recite Vande Mataram only to provoke Muslims, Khurshid said,
"Some do it...When somebody from a die-hard extremist party says you
have to sing it if you have to live in India, is that not
Questioning the JuH resolution on Vande Mataram, Khurshid said the
issue was settled after Independence by Congress leaders Jawahar Lal
Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
"They sat together and set to rest whatever questions there were
about Vande Mataram and its stanzas that people were objecting," he
the same time, he said, "there may be a small area (in the song)
where somebody can have a different point of view in the manner in
which you show your patriotism."
Khurshid sought to dismiss the controversy over P Chidambaram
attending the convention where the controversial resolution was
passed, insisting that the Home Minister was "not fully aware that
such a resolution has been passed". Chidambaram has already made it
clear that the resolution was not passed in his presence.
Denying suggestions that the government identifies Muslims with
their religion and not with their real problems, Khurshid cited
implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations and setting up of
Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) as proof of its "commitment" for
said a Group of Ministers (GoM) is being set up to work out details
for location of the proposed Commission and the Bill has "fair
chances" of being passed during the winter session of Parliament
beginning from November 19.
which was one of the key recommendations of the Sachar Committee
report, will be vested with powers to ensure affirmative action for
members of deprived communities working in public and private
Khurshid said the UPA government has accepted all recommendations of
Sachar Committee barring one that was for having a nationwide cadre
of Wakf officers.
the issue of reservation for backward Muslims, Khurshid said it is
on "high priority" of the government and it will be done in a
said the government is looking at both the Karnataka and Andhra
Pradesh models of reservation for Muslims but will not "give a model
which is struck down by the courts tomorrow".