NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition seeking equal status to the national anthem Vande Mataram as national anthem. The petition had sought the grant of national anthem status to Vande Mataram. The petition was filed by BJP spokesperson and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay. The petitioner had said that Vande Mataram has not received the same status as the national anthem till date, so the court should look into the matter.
In his petition, Upadhyay had demanded that Vand Mataram should be played as the national anthem in all schools of the country. At the same time, there was a demand for a national policy on this. It may be noted that some religious organisations have protested against the necessity of the national song. He said that the national song praised the nation as a mother, which is not allowed in her monotheistic religion. Therefore, it cannot be imposed on them like a decree.
Earlier in 2017, the Supreme Court had held that under Article 51A of the Constitution, the fundamental duty was to refer only to the national anthem and the national flag, which would not make the national song Vande Mataram compulsory. The court made the remarks while hearing Ashwini Upadhyay's plea. At the same time, his plea was also dismissed.