The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered that “Vande Mataram” must be played and sung in all schools, colleges and universities at least once a week, preferably on Monday or Friday.
The court also ruled that the national song must be played and sung in all government offices and institutions, private companies, factories and industries at least once a month.
The judge said , “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.”
However, the judge said in the event, any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so.
“Vande Mataram is of Sanskrit origin, and written in Bengali which is ought to be sung in every school and college,” said Justice M.V Muralidharan.
“The youth of this country are the future of tomorrow. This 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, ” he added.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is hearing a petition asking the Centre to make the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in schools.