Many Muslim clerics have declared this song un-Islamic, as its title means, “I bow to thee, Mother,” referring to India, and they consider that idolatrous. But to attack Hindu children with sticks for singing it is a new level of the demand for accommodation of Muslim sensibilities that we have seen so many times.
The singing of Vande Mataram by school children has made hate mongers in Uttar Pradesh very unhappy. So unhappy in fact that they have now taken to attacking unarmed and helpless children with sharp weapons.
According to a report in Dainik Jagran, children in Sarsawa’s Qutubpur village, singing Vande Mataram on their Prabhat Pheri on August 15, were attacked with sticks and sharp weapons. As a result, several of them were injured and were forced to flee the place screaming.
Angry protesters took out a procession on Friday demanding that the attackers be brought to justice.