Thursday, September 07, 2006

VandeMataram: National Song of Contention?

It's a pity that in its centenary year, the soul stirring VandeMataram has been mired in political controversy.

Some Muslims refuse to sing the song saying it goes against the tenets of Islam, even some Sikhs have dissented. Is singing Vandemataram a must for every Indian? What if some don't want sing? Why all this fuss? Where is the line between religion and nationhood? Is there one at all? I am groping in the dark on this one.. What's your take?

I am glad, AR Rahman has not been dragged in to this controversy.... yet....