Madras HC Makes Vande Mataram Mandatory In TN Schools, Govt and Private Offices

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| July 25 , 2017 , 16:31 IST

The Madras High Court has made singing of the national song Vande Mataram compulsory in schools, government offices, private offices and industries in Tamil Nadu. While schools are required to sing the song at least once a week, preferably on Mondays or Fridays, Vanda Mataram must be sung in offices at least once a month, said Justice M V Muralidharan on Tuesday.

The judge added, "If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali or in Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in Tamil."

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Justice M V Muralidharan allowed that if any person or organisation has valid reasons behind not singing or playing the national song, they will not be compelled or forced to do so.

Emphasising that the youth of this country are the future of tomorrow, the court said that it hopes and trusts that the order will be 'taken in the right spirit' and be implemented in letter and spirit by the citizens.

The topic of the national song came to the fore when a petitioner K Veeramani submitted a plea that he was failed in the written test for the post of BT Assistant when he answered that Vande Mataram was written in Bengali. As per the answer key, the song was written in Sanskrit, so Veeramani appealed to the court which confirmed that the while the song was originally written in Sanskrit it was later translated into Bengali.