New Delhi: VHP on Friday condemned the fatwa by Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband asking Muslims not to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and said by doing so it is openly supporting terrorism.
VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain said it is clear that the "radical thoughts of Deoband are the genesis of terrorism" and such people should be exposed.
"Through this edict, they have made it clear that they are openly supporting terrorism.
"This fatwa is a direct retort to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stand that terrorism should not be linked to any religion. Now Deoband has made it clear that there is nothing wrong if jehadis massacre people in the name of religion. Such people should be exposed and only then India will be free from the curse of 'jehad'," he said.
He said the secular brigade is protecting such radicals for their own vested interests and are playing with the nation's interests.
"The secular mafia is also covering up their deeds and activities by protecting them for their own vested interests and have coined slogans like 'Hindu terrorism' while playing with the nation's interests. Probably, that is why they are creating doubts on the purity of slogans like 'Bharat mata ki jai' by opposing its chanting. Such people should be exposed," Jain said.
He said such-like people earlier opposed the chanting of 'Vande Mataram' and now are opposing the 'Bharat mata ki jai' chant which is the source of inspiration for soldiers who make supreme sacrifices while protecting the country and fighting terrorism, adding even today patriotic Indians draw inspiration from this slogan.
Darul Uloom issued the edict asking Muslims to refrain from raising the slogan as it is "akin to idol-worship" which is against the tenets of Islam.