The court said schools should sing the song once a week -- either on Monday or Friday -- and offices once a month. Photograph: (Others)
The court said nobody should be forced to sing the song -- should they have a valid reason for not doing so
The Madras high court has ordered the singing of the national song "Vande Mataram" in all schools, colleges, and offices.
Justice MV Muralidharan, who passed the order, said schools should sing the song at least once a week -- either on Monday or Friday -- and that the song should be sung in offices at least once a month.
He added however that no person or organisation should be forced to sing the song, should they have trouble doing so -- provided they have a valid reason.
In his order, Muralidharn said: “The fact that this country is our Motherland should always be remembered by every citizen of this country. Several people have sacrificed their lives and families to the independent struggle that prolonged for several decades. In these tough times, it was songs like our national song 'Vande Matharam' which created a sense of belief and confidence in the people.”
Last year, the Supreme Court ordered all movie halls to play the national anthem before the start of a film and said everybody present should stand for it.