A Madras HC judge on Tuesday ordered Vande Mataram to be played and sung in all schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions in TN at least once a week – preferably on Monday or Friday. Justice Muralidaran also directed that the song be played and sung in all government offices and institutions, private companies, factories and industries at least once a month.
The judge passed the order while disposing of a writ petition filed by a teacher-aspirant, K. Veeramani, who had approached the court to ascertain the language in Vande Mataram was originally written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay – Bengali or Sanskrit.
The petitioner had said in his answer to a question in the Teacher Eligibility Test, 2013, that the song was written in Bengali, while the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) denied him one mark contending that it was written in Sanskrit.
While directing the TRB to award him one mark, Justice Muralidaran also ordered the playing and singing of the song.
About Vande Mataram song:
Vande Mataram is a poem composed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1870s, which he included in his 1881 novel Anandamath. The first two verses of the song were adopted as the national song of India in 1947 when India became independent though it had inspired independence movement for the past five decades.
It played a crucial role in the Indian independence movement, first sung in a political context by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress. It became a popular marching song for political activism and Indian freedom movement in 1905.
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