The Congress government of Madhya Pradesh has taken a very interesting decision. The National Anthem will be back with a police band that will play the tunes that encourage the patriotic feelings.
On January 1, the Chief Minister Kamal Nath declares that “At 10:45 am on the first working day of every month, a police band will play the tunes that encourage patriotic feelings during their march from Shaurya Samarak to Vallabh Bhawan in Bhopal. On arrival at the Bhawan, the national anthem and Vande Mataram will be sung,” which BJP opposed.
His predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan criticized him but he promised that it would be a “new look” of Vande Mataram.
Government employees did not sing the national anthem for the last 13 years at the Secretariat on January 1, so the state government had ordered that it was not a must to do. When BJP was in power, Mr. Chouhan introduced the practice. Yesterday, he pledged to sing the national song in the assembly along with over 100 BJP lawmakers, to protest.
Kamal Nath condemned politics on Vande Mataram saying that “I feel that it is wrong to do politics on Vande Mataram. They are doing politics on ‘Vande Mataram’ and Ram temple. I condemn this. We will give a new look to ‘Vande Mataram’.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Nath to specify his intention said that “We have no intentions of breaking or protesting against the national song. The order to recite Vande Mataram in the Secretariat on the first day of the month has been put on hold. A decision has been taken to implement the order in a new form. Are those who do not recite Vande Mataram, not patriots?”