A few days back Shafiqur Rahman Barq, a BSP member from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh walked out of the lower house as Vande Mataram was being played. The speaker of the house, Meira Kumar got angry and said in a harsh tone, “One honourable member walked out when Vande Mataram was being played. I take very serious view of this. I would want to know why this was done. This should never ever happen again." After the incident the Hindu majority media started accusing Shafiqur Rahman Barq of insulting the national anthem.
The Hindu extremist groups staged demonstrations, protesting against Shafiqur Rahman Barq and demanded serious action against him. But Shafiqur Rahman Barq said in an interview with CNN and IBN, that he did not insult the national anthem; ‘Vande Mataram’ is an ode to motherland not the national anthem. He said, “Muslims, like me, bend only before Allah, not before any other gods.” According to the reports, Shafiqur Rahman Barq is still receiving serious threats from the Hindu extremist groups who are demanding that he leave the country. The so-called organisations which claim to keep an eye on human rights violations throughout the world must have shown solidarity with Shafiqur Rahman Barq, but their criminal silence over this issue is very alarming. Weather he was right or wrong is besides the point but they should have raised their voices against the threats and I am sure they would have done so if Shafiqur Rahman Barq were not a Muslim.
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER,
 Multan, June 5.