According to a ruling by the Madras High Court, singing Vande Mataram has been made mandatory for educational institutions and government offices.The ruling was led by Justice MV Muralidaran.
Kolkata: In a function organised to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the military band erroneously played the National song instead of the National Anthem at the Calcutta University Centenary Hall on Sunday.
The function, organised by the Bidhan Memorial Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru 125th Birth Anniversary Committee was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee. As soon as the announcement of rendition of the National Anthem was made, the members of the audience stood up to pay their respect. But what subsequently played was Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Vande Mataram which took the audience by surprise.
Without pointing out the error, the President in his speech went on to remind the audience about the history of the National Anthem. He mentioned that on 24 January, 1950, it was Rajendra Prasad who had declared that India’s national anthem would be the first stanza of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem Jana Gana Mana.
The organizing committee later apologised for the goof-up. “The officers have pointed to some mistakes. I apologise for the blooper,” said Somen Mitra, the Chairman of the Bidhan Memorial Trust.