VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal demanded strict action against all those who are trying to create tension in the country in the name of language. “Humiliating the lingua franca is an open treason and such treacherous people should be given hardest punishment,” he said in a statement issued from Allahabad on November 12.
On the resolution against Vande Mataram in the presence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Shri Singhal said it is the height of evil deed to offend and wound the feelings and glorious memory of the martyrs of freedom struggle and also the patriotic portal of all the nationalists. He said the people of the country do not want such a Home Minister. “Vande Mataram was the mahamantra, signature tune, watchword and articulation of the mahayajna of freedom movement of the country. With this patriotic, assertive and reassuring mahamantra on their lips, thousands of freedom fighters confronted and dared the foreign imperialist to gallows. How can we stand such vandalisation of this mahamantra? But the Home Minister of the country, instead of trashing the seditious resolution and punishing its gang of promoters, the very next day gleefully lands on the same podium that passed this resolution and glorifies them,” he said. About the tension being created by China he called upon the countrymen to give up buying and using products made in China. “The former Defence Minister Shri George Fernandes had said long ago that China is our enemy number one. China forcefully occupied a sovereign state Tibet fifty years ago and today is opposing the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Its interference in the internal affairs of Bharat is not a case to be tolerated. The Government of India should clearly ask China to free Tibet,” he added.