- Must be sung in schools and colleges at least once a week: High Court
- In factories, offices, must be sung at least once a month, says court
- Patriotism essential requirement for every citizen of this country: Judge
Justice MV Murlidharan also said that no one should be forced to sing the national song if they have a "difficulty," but "valid reasons" must be provided for not doing so. He has directed the Tamil Nadu government to make available on government websites and social media, English and Tamil translations of 'Vande Mataram'. "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 said.
He observed that "Patriotism is an essential requirement for every citizen of this country. The fact that this country is our Motherland should always be remembered by every citizen of this country.
Several people have sacrificed their lives and families to the independent struggle that prolonged for several decades. In these tough times, it was songs like our national song "Vande Matharam" which created a sense of belief and confidence in the people."
"It would be desirable that the National Song 'Vande Mataram' is sung by citizens from different walks of life as frequently as possible in their educational institutions/offices/ workplace/stadiums," he added.
The court order applies to both government and private schools, colleges and offices.
The order is part of the court's verdict on a petition by a man who had lost marks in a test for a teacher's job because his answer that 'Vande Mataram' was first written in Bengali was marked wrong. The teacher recruitment board said the right answer was Sanskrit.
The court has ordered that the petitioner be given the marks he was denied and that he be considered for a teacher's job when there is a vacancy next.
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