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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Madras High Court Makes Vande Mataram Compulsory in Tamil Nadu Schools, Offices Tuesday July 25,2017

The Madras High Court on Tuesday July 25,2017 issued an order making the national song 'Vande Mataram' compulsory in schools, colleges and Government offices in Tamil Nadu. 

The court said that the director of public information will upload a translated version of the National Song in Tamil and English that will be made available in the Government websites and on social media

It also marked the order to the Chief Secretary of the State who will issue instructions to the concerned authorities.

"The National Song ‘Vande Mataram’ shall be played and sung in all schools/colleges/Universities and other educational institutions atleast once a week (preferably on Monday or Friday). It shall also be played and sung in all Government offices and institutions/private companies/ factories and industries at least once a month," the Court said.

However, it added that a person shall not be forced it sing it provided he or she has valid reasons.

This order comes after K. Veeramani, the petitioner, moved the High Court and said he failed to clear the written test for the post of BT Assistant as he answered that Vande Mataram was written in Bengali. He further claimed that the song was originally written in Bengali but the Teachers recruitment Board made a mistake in the answer key and he failed to clear the exam because of that. 

The Government told the court that the song was written in Sanskrit and later translated in Bengali. The Judge then directed the Advocate General to come back with the correct answer to clear the confusion. On July 13, AG clarified that the national song was Sanskrit but written in Bengali language.

Following the order, analyst RK Radhakrishnan, Associate Editor, Frontline, said, “The increasing instances of court entering and passing orders in the domain of the legislature and the executive is unfortunate and is a cause for concern.”

வந்தே மாதரம் - Vande Mataram Lyrics - Indian National Song

வந்தே மாதரம்!
சுஜலாம் சுபலாம்
மலயஜ சீதலாம்
வந்தே மாதரம்

புல்லகுஸுமித த்ருமதல
சுஹாசினிம் சுமதுர
சுகதாம் வரதாம்
வந்தே மாதரம்
--பங்கிம் சந்திர சட்டோபாத்தியாயர் எழுதிய வந்தே மாதரம்
vande mātaram
sujalāṃ suphalāṃ
śasya śyāmalāṃ mātaram
vande mātaram

śubhra jyotsnā
pulakita yāminīm
phulla kusumita
sumadhura bhāṣiṇīm
sukhadāṃ varadāṃ mātaram
vande mātaram
--Bankim chandra chatterjee - vande mataram

English Meaning:

Mother, I bow to thee!
Rich with thy hurrying streams
bright with orchard gleams,
Cool with thy winds of delight,
Dark fields waving Mother of might,
Mother free.
Glory of moonlight dreams,
Over thy branches and lordly streams,
Clad in thy blossoming trees,
Mother, giver of ease
Laughing low and sweet!
Mother I kiss thy feet,
Speaker sweet and low!
Mother, to thee I bow.

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