NEW DELHI: In the case of ASHWINI KUMAR UPADHYAY v. UNION OF INDIA & OTHERS, the Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a declaration that the National song ‘Vande Mataram’ shall be honored equally with ‘Jana-Gana-Mana’ thereby having equal status with it 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.
The plea was filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and seeks direction from the Centre and State Governments to ensure that our national song and national anthem are played and sung in all schools and educational institutions daily.
Later, it added – “There shall not be a dramatization of Vandemataram and it must not be included in any variety show because when Vandemataram is sung/played, it is imperative on the part of everyone present to show due respect and honor. To think of a dramatized exhibition of Vandemataram is inconceivable. It shall not be printed on any object and never be displayed in such a manner at such places, which may be disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect,”
The plea thus seeks directions on the Centre to frame guidelines in the spirit of the Constituent Assembly Resolution read with the Judgment passed by the Madras High Court and Supreme Court of India.
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