Lucknow: Bareilly’s Barelvi madarsas that openly defied the Uttar Pradesh government’s directive and refused to sing the national anthem may face legal action. The administration may impose the National Security Act (NSA) as well.
“Singing national anthem is the fundamental duty of every citizen. If any madarsa had violated the government order of singing national anthem during Independence Day celebrations, they will face action. But madarsas will be asked to explain why they violated the order,” said Bareilly divisional commissioner PV Jaganmohan.
He added, “We will carry out an inquiry on whatever complaint we receive. The administration is waiting for madarsas to submit footages of I-Day celebrations.” The Bareilly district administration said they would look into the matter and those found guilty would be punished. “NSA could also be slapped against them as not singing national anthem amounts to being anti-national.” the commissioner said.
Students at the Manzar-e-Islam hoisted the Tricolour but didn’t sing the national anthem. Instead, around 500 students gathered at the open prayer hall to sing ‘Sare jahan se achha’, a 20th century patriotic song penned by the poet Mohammad Iqbal. The madrasa authorities also refrained from videography. Media persons were not allowed to cover the main event, which lasted for over an hour.
“Traditionally, we do not sing the national anthem during Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations. We only followed convention this time,” a senior said, according to a report in Hindustan Times, a newspaper published in Inida.
UP Madarsa Shiksha Parishad had ordered to compulsorily observe the Independence Day this year and ‘make videos’ of the celebration.