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Vande Mataram Be Given The Same Respect As Jana Gana Mana, Both Should Be Sung In All Educational Institutions: PIL in Delhi HC by Ashwini Upadhyay

Lawstreet Journal 24 May 2022 6:03pm

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Recently, a PIL has been filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay in the Delhi High Court. He pleaded 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.

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 made by the Constituent Assembly Chairman Hon’ble Dr. Rajendra Prasad with regard to the National Anthem, on 24.01.1950."

The plea also states,

"Vandemataram' is the symbol of our history, sovereignty, unity and pride. If any citizen by any overt or covert act shows disrespect to it, it would not only be an anti-social activity but it would also spell doom to all our rights and very existence as a citizen of a sovereign nation. Every citizen must therefore not only refrain from any such activities but also do his best to prevent any miscreant trying to show any disrespect to 'Vandemataram'. We must be proud of our Nation,… Continue Reading...


Tagged: Ashwini Upadhyay   Delhi High Court   Vande Mataram   Jana Gana Mana   Bankim Chandra Chatterjee   Rabindranath Tagore   Madras High Court   Supreme Court of India  
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