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Days after a controversy erupted in Bihar's Gopalganj district over compulsory singing of Vande Mataram in a school, Union
Apart from pointing out that a fatwa is only binding on its author, Aijaz Ilmi comes to the heart of the matter:
I wish resolutions at Deoband had addressed the following questions: Why do Indian Muslims have the highest levels of illiteracy, both male and female, in the country? Why do we have the highest number of school drop-outs? Why do we have the lowest representation in both the public and the private sector? What steps are we taking to stop pernicious recruiters who lure young impressionable minds towards terror ideologies? A failure to tackle the rapid socio-economic slide will push the faithful instead towards being the last amongst the least. With the Shiv Sena and the VHP joining in, the zealots will raise this needless debate to a crescendo overshadowing real issues.
Read the full piece at the Indian Express
On the same subject, in DNA, Anil Dharker says:
Not the west, not the United States of America, not Jews, not extremist Hindus.... Islam's worst enemies are Muslims.
And Sultan Shahin is characteristically blunt and says:
So Vande Mataram is once again in the news, with one of the 25 resolutions passed by Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind at its 30th general session in the presence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, affirming that
"The  fatwa of Darul Uloom (opposing recitation of Vande Mataram) is correct."
Here's a link to the full FAQ on the 2006 controversy, along with a link to the Congress Working Committee, in Calcutta on October 26, 1937, under the presidentship of Jawaharlal Nehru which provides a historical perspective.
And here's the full coverage from the Outlook Archives