1. Madras High Court makes Vande Mataram must in schools, private and government offices

Madras High Court makes Vande Mataram must in schools, private and government offices

The Madras High Court on Tuesday ruled that Vande Mataram should be sung in all schools and colleges across the state “at least once a week”, and in government and private offices “at least once a month”.

By: | Chennai | Published: July 26, 2017 2:08 AM
The Madras High Court on Tuesday ruled that Vande Mataram should be sung in all schools and colleges across the state “at least once a week”, and in government and private offices “at least once a month”. (PTI)

The Madras High Court on Tuesday ruled that Vande Mataram should be sung in all schools and colleges across the state “at least once a week”, and in government and private offices “at least once a month”. Issuing the order,Justice M V Muralidharan said: “Considering the larger public interest and to instill a sense of patriotism in each and every citizen of the state, the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ shall be played and sung in all schools/ colleges/universities and other educational institutions at least once a week (preferably on Monday or Friday).” He added that Vande Mataram “shall be played and sung in all government offices and institutions/ private companies/factories and industries at least once a month.” “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,”said the court, as it directed the public information department to upload the translated version of Vande Mataram in Tamil and English,thereby making it available on government websites and social media. “The youth of this country are the future of tomorrow, and the court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation,” said the court. However, the judge added that if any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled to do so, provided they have valid reasons.

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