'Vande Mataram' be honoured equally With National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana': Delhi HC

New Delhi: In the spirit of the Statement made by the Constituent Assembly Chairman Dr Rajendra Prasad with regard to the National Anthem, on January 24, 1950, a Public Internet Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a declaration 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."

It also requested that the Centre and State Governments ensure that "Jana-Gana-Mana" and "Vande Mataram" are played and sung in all schools and educational institutions every working day, and that guidelines be framed in the spirit of the Constituent Assembly resolution dated January 24, 1950, as well as the Madras High Court and Supreme Court of India judgments.

The petitioner, practising lawyer and BJP politician Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, contended that India is a Union of States, not an association or confederation of States. There is only one nationality, and it is every Indian's responsibility to respect 'Vande Mataram.' "It is the Government's responsibility to design a National Policy to promote and propagate Jana Gana Mana and Vande Mataram in order to maintain the country unified. Because both are decided by Constitution creators, there is no reason why it should elicit any other emotion."

"The sentiments stated in Jana Gana Mana were voiced in the context of the State. The thoughts expressed in Vande Mataram, on the other hand, reflect the nation's character and style and deserve to be treated with the same respect. Vande Mataram is occasionally sung in situations that are illegal and cannot be tolerated by the law. When Vandemataram is played or sung, it is the responsibility of every Indian to pay respect "The petition reads.

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