Vande Mataram, the national song of the Country has a history of over Two centuries. The poem “Vande Mataram” is penned by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in the 1870s. The meaning of the song is “I praise thee, Mother” or “I bow to thee, Mother.”
The submission before Justice M V Muralidharan was made in reply to the judge looking for the law officer’s help to settle a dispute over the exact origin of the song. The petetion was raised by a B Ed graduate.
K Veeramani of Thailapuram in Villupuram district whose qualification is B.A, BE.D. He appeared for an examination conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board in 2013. A question that awakens the Madras High Court(HC) is “In what language Vande Mataram was first written? “given in his question paper.
Petitioner, Veeramani wrote the answer “Bengali” in his answer sheet. Unfortunately, the answer was marked as incorrect. The board posted “Sanskrit” to the question. With this answer, he didn’t get through the minimum eligibility of 90.He misses the recruitment by securing 89 marks.
In his statement to the court “Veeramani said all the books he studied mentions ‘Bengali’ as the right answer”. Hence, he wanted the court to correct his answer and award him one mark.
While discussion the question on its first hearing on June 7, the petitioner’s counsel said, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay initially wrote “Vande Mataram“ in Sanskrit. Later, the poem was translated into Bengali.
Later, Justice M V Muralidharan guided the Advocate-General to submit the right answer. He also stated, “Whoever provides the right answers be it advocates or any other parties can assist this in court with proper information.” After recording the clarification, the judge said he would pronounce the order on the petition on July 17 as final hearing.
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