Vande Mataram mandatory for educational institutions and jobs across Tamil Nadu: Madras High Court

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.

For clarity, he administered the Director of Public Information with the responsibility of uploading and circulation of the national song over government portals and the social media.Muralidharan added, “If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali and Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in English”.He further added that the court hopes that the implementation of the decision will be considered with utmost seriousness by the youth of the country.
However, Muralidaran made it clear by stating that people that people must not be forced to sing the national song if they face difficulty in doing so and if they have a valid reason/justification for the same.
The order came post the K Vermani case. As per the case, K Vermani, an applicant for the post of BT assistant, requested the authorities for awarding him with one mark for the question ” In which language, the song Vande Mataram was written? ” R Muthukumaraswamy, the advocate general of Tamil Nadu made it clear that Vande Mataram is of Sanskrit origin.However, it was written in the Bengali script.
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President’s function begins with National song instead of National Anthem

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.

Source: http://www.firstpost.com/india/song-anthem-confusion-presidents-function-begins-with-vande-mataram-not-jan-gan-mana-2544168.html

President’s function began with the National song instead of National Anthem Image source: AFP/Getty images
President’s function began with the National song instead of National Anthem
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