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[Equal Status To Vande Mataram] Delhi High Court Issues Notice On PIL By Ashwini Upadhyay

Lawstreet Journal 25 May 2022 11:04pm

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Today, the Delhi High Court has issued notice on the PIL that has been filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking a declaration that 'Vande Mataram', written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, be given the same respect as the National Anthem, 'Jana Gana Mana' penned by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta issued notice to the respondents and sought their reply within six weeks. The matter will be heard on November 9, 2022. (Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay vs Union of India and Ors.)

“Since he (Upadhyay) is a serious litigant who files petitions in public interest, we are entertaining the writ petition”, the Bench recorded in its order.

The respondents in the petition are Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Culture, Government of NCT of Delhi and National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT). 

In his plea, Upadhyay has said that the national song played a vital role in the Independence movement and was first sung in a political context by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress. 'Vande Mataram' was the whole nation's thought and motto for independence from the British during the independence movement.

The PIL states that,

"The song ‘Vande Mataram’, which had played a historic part in the struggle for Indian freedom, shall be honoured equally with ‘Jana-Gana-Mana’ and shall have equal status with it in spirit of the Statement… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Ashwini Upadhyay   Vande Mataram   Delhi High Court   Bankim Chandra Chatterjee   National Anthem Jana Gana Mana   Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore   Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi   Justice Sachin Datta   Ministry of Home Affairs   Ministry of Education  
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