The Madras High Court has ordered that the national song of India, ‘Vande Mataram’ must be sung and played in all schools, colleges and universities across the state at least once a week, preferably on Monday or Friday. The court also ordered that the national song should be played and sung in all government institutions and private companies at least once a month.
The court further held that the person who finds it difficult to sing the song, or does not sing it for valid reasons, would not be forced to sing it.
The orders have followed a case filed by Veeramani, a state recruitment exam aspirant who lost the selection process by a mark as he wrongly answered a question which asked the language in which ‘Vande Mataram’ has been written. Veeramani’s answer was Bengali whereas the answer key had the answer as Sanskrit, following which, he sought clarity from the Madras High Court on whether ‘Vande Mataram’ is written in Bengali or Sanskrit.
On June 13, Advocate General R Muthukumarasamy resolved that the original language of ‘Vande Mataram’ was Sanskrit, but it is written in Bengali, following which Veeramani was awarded one mark.
Zee News quotes the court, in its order, saying,
The fact that this country is our Motherland should always be remembered by every citizen of this country. Several people have sacrificed their lives and families to the independent struggle that prolonged for several decades. In these tough times, it was songs like our national song ‘VandeMatharam’ which created a sense of belief and confidence in the people.
Now, the court has directed the director of public information to upload and circulate the Tamil and English translations of ‘Vande Mataram’ on all government websites and also on social media.
Justice MV Muralidharan of the Madras High Court, who passed the orders, said that the order should be marked to the chief secretary of the government of Tamil Nadu who will then issue appropriate instructions to the concerned authorities.
The judge further said that the youth of the country is its future and hoped that the order would be taken in the right spirit and implemented in letter and spirit by the citizens of India.
Meanwhile, the petition to make it mandatory for schools to sing ‘Vande Mataram’ will be heard in the Supreme Court of India on August 25.