Madras High Court: Vande Mataram mandatory in schools and offices

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The Madras High Court (HC) passed an order, today, making singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools, government offices, private entities and industries. The court further said that Vande Mataram should also be played and sung in government institutions.

The court has also suggested uploading the translated version of Vande Mataram on all Government websites and social media handles in different languages.

It is in this context that the court has come forward directing the singing of the song in educational institutions and offices.

Following this, the judge had directed the Advocate General to apprise the court of the correct answer in order to settle the dispute over the linguistic origin of the song.

Subsequently, he found out that he lost the one mark required for his selection, as he answered Bengali for the question on the language of "Vande Mataram".

Observing that the youth of this country are the future of tomorrow, Justice M V Muralidharan expressed hope that the order is taken in the right spirit and implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry.

The court was addressing a plea filed by petitioner K Veeramani, who had claimed that he lost marks for answering that the national song was penned in Bengali in the Teacher's Recruitment Board examination. As a result, he was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment. "Our Motherland should always be remembered by every citizen of this country". Several people have sacrificed their lives and families during the Independence struggle that prolonged for several decades. 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.

The court ordered that the national song can also be translated in Tamil and sung if people find it hard to sing in Bengali or in Sanskrit.

The High Court in its ruling said the national song Vande Matram created a sense of belief and confidence in the people during the freedom fight. Though Sanskrit has been used in the song cursorily, the song was written in Bengali, he pointed out.

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