Madras Court Made ‘Vande Mataram’ Compulsory in School, Govt and Private Offices

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Madras high court official announced that Singing of Vande Mataram has been made compulsory in schools, government and private offices. While it has been mandatory for the schools, every school must sing it at least once a week either on Monday or Friday.

M V Muralidharan Justice said on monday that “the national song must be crooned in offices once a month.” He further added that private and government schools in the state should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice in a week, preferably on Monday and Friday. High court judge further added saying that, “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.”

The judge even made it more clear that in the event, any person/organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so.

Before leaving the judge added that youth of this country are the future of tomorrow and that the court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the correct way of right spirit, same as implemented in the letter, with the great spirit by the citizenry of this great nation.

K Veeramani failed to clear the written test only for the one answer and he lost the post of BT Assistant as he answered that the song was written in Bengali. As per the information he scored 89 marks in the test conducted for the post by the Teachers Recruitment Board. But 90 was the minimum eligibility marks, which was fixed as due it, he lost the opportunity of getting recruited to the post.

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’. He claimed that he had read in many books where it was written that the song was originally written in Bengali, he alleged that TRB had made a mistake in the answer key to the test by mentioning that the right answer as Sanskrit. He further claimed that for the mistake made by the board, he lost his opportunity of being appointed as a BT Assistant.

As per his question the Government made the contended clear that the song was originally first written in Sanskrit and was translated later in Bengali.On July 13, when the plea came up for hearing the AG clarified that the original language of ‘Vande Mataram’ was Sanskrit but written in Bengali+script.To clear the ambiguity, the judge directed the Advocate General to find out the right answer. The judge while keeping the eye on the current situation said that the government must include Veeramani in the teacher selection process.

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