New Delhi, Dec 24: Why should anybody have a problem with singing the national song ‘Vande Mataram’, which meant salutations to the mother, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday wondered. Addressing an event in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Naidu said,”Mother is not the photo but our motherland. ‘Vande Mataram’ is saluting the mother. Why should anyone have a problem with this.” Also Read - 'May Everyone be Blessed With Joy, Good Health': PM Modi, Vice President Naidu Extend Onam Greetings
After inaugurating the Global Sai Temple Trust Summit organised by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan, Shirdi, the vice-president said,”Irrespective of our caste, creed and religion, we are one nation, one people and one country.” Also Read - Watch: Pakistanis Sing 'Jana Gana Mana' & 'Vande Mataram' With Indians in London During Anti-China Protest
Calling him (Saibaba) an universal teacher, who blended the core principles of Hinduism and Sufism, Naidu said that it is unnecessary to discuss if the 20th century saint, was a Hindu or Muslim. Also Read - Virtual Parliament: Rajya Sabha Chairman, Lok Sabha Speaker Plan Way Forward to Hold Monsoon Session Amid COVID-19
“Saibaba’s teachings of service to mankind and living in peace and harmony with others, need to be imbibed by all and that would be the true tribute to him. Serving the mankind is serving God. Saibaba is an embodiment of this culture,” Naidu further added.