Singing Vande Mataram in schools, government bodies, private entities, and industries in the state of Tamil Nadu has been made mandatory by the Madras High Court on Tuesday. The school has to sing Vande Mataram atleast once a week either on Monday or Friday and the national song should be crooned once a month in the offices, said Justice M V Muralidharan.
However, the judge made it clear that if the organization or person feels difficulty in singing or playing Vande Mataram, will not be compelled or forced to do so if provided with valid reason.
“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 added.
The court observed that the patriotism is an important element for the citizens to generate love for their motherland. Justice MV Muralidharan hoped that the order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit.
The order came in a part of the court’s verdict on the petition filed by a man who failed to clear his teacher job exam because he failed to answer the question asked about the language of Vande Mataram which he wrote Bengali. The correct answer according to the teacher recruitment board was Sanskrit.
The court has ordered the petitioner to be granted extra marks for recruitment and consider him for the job as soon as the vacancy opens up.