HC issues notice to Centre, Delhi government on PIL seeking equal status to Vande Mataram as national anthem
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought to know the stand of the Center and the Delhi government on a petition seeking a policy for similar promotion of the national anthem and the national song ‘Vande Mataram’.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Dutta issued notice on a plea by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and gave time to the respondents to file their replies.
The court also sought a response from the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) on the plea, which also sought a direction to the Center and the Delhi government to ensure that ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ are played and sung. Go. In all schools and educational institutions on every working day.
Meanwhile, the court expressed displeasure over the petitioner giving publicity to the filing of the petition even before it was listed for hearing, saying that it gives an impression that the petition was filed for publicity.
The court, however, noted that the petitioner has expressed regret and has been directed not to resort to such practice. The court said that it will consider the present PIL as the petitioner is a serious litigant.
The petitioner argued before the court that in the absence of any guidelines or rules to honor ‘Vande Mataram’, the national anthem was being sung in an “indecent manner” and misused in films and parties.
The petitioner submitted that the song played a historic role in the Indian freedom struggle and should be honored as ‘Jana Gana Mana’ in view of the statement made by the President of the Constituent Assembly, Dr Rajendra Prasad in 1950.
To keep the country united, it is the duty of the government to prepare a national policy for the promotion of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Vande Mataram’. There is no reason why it should arouse any other sentiment as both are decided by the framers of the Constitution,” the petition said.
The sentiments expressed in ‘Jana Gana Mana’ have been expressed keeping the state in mind, he said. However, the sentiments expressed in ‘Vande Mataram’ reflect the character and style of the country and deserve equal respect.”
The petition states that there should be no dramatization of ‘Vande Mataram’ and “it should not be included in any kind of show because whenever it is sung or played, due respect and respect will be accorded to every person present”. Showing up is mandatory.”
“Direct and declare that the Vande Mataram song, which played a historic role in the struggle for Indian independence, shall be conferred with ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and equal status with it in the spirit of the statement made by the Constituent Assembly.” Speaker Hon’ble Dr. Rajendra Prasad, regarding the National Anthem on 24.01.950,” the petition urged.
The next hearing of the case will be on November 9.
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