“Vande Mataram” made mandatory in all schools and offices; Burnol moment for all seculars and liberals

This is not just a song but an ocean full of motivation. When this song is sung, Goosebumps are for sure. Yes, the national song Vande Mataram which inspired millions of freedom fighters during the freedom struggle must be sung at least once a week as per the orders of Madras High Court.

On Tuesday, the Madras High Court ruled that “Vande Matharam” must be sung in schools, educational institutes and government offices. Justice M.V Muralidharan said Schools must sing “Vande Matharam” at least once a week, either on Monday or Friday and in office the national song must be sung once a month.

Justice Muralidharan later said that “Vande Mataram is of Sanskrit origin, and written in Bengali which is ought to be sung in every school and college”. He further added that “Let a copy of this order be marked to the Chief Secretary of the Government of Tamil Nadu, who shall issue appropriate instructions to the concerned authorities”.

Justice also said that if any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the national song, he or she shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so. We hope that everyone takes pride in singing this song.

The judge also said that “the youth of the country are the future of tomorrow. This court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation”

It should also be noted that the Supreme Court is also hearing a petition asking the Centre to make the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in schools.

The court order applies to government and private schools, colleges and offices.

Vande Matharam: The nightmare to the British

Vande Mataram is a poem composed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1870s, which he included in his 1881 novel Anandamath. ‘Vande Matharam’ means “I praise thee, Mother” or “I bow to thee, Mother”.

It played a vital role in the Independence struggle and became a popular marching song for political activism and Indian freedom movement in 1905. Spiritual Indian nationalist and philosopher Sri Aurobindo referred it as “National Anthem of Bengal”. The song and the novel containing it was banned by the British government, but workers and general public defied the ban; many went to colonial prisons repeatedly for singing it. This says the impact Vande Mataram had on the “freedom struggle”. So it won’t be wrong to say that that Vande Mataram is a hero that gave India its Independence.


Nishika Ram